Lot 883    

Twig Table by Rev. Ben Davis of North Carolina
4/12/2014 - Americana: Live Salesroom Auction
American (North Carolina), 20th century.  A rectangular folk art table of rustic twigs and branches, nailed and lacquered, having two side shelves above a lower shelf and stretcher base, signed twice in pencil under top B.M. Davis and inscribed Little Ivy N.C.; ht. 29.5, wd. 35, dp. 22 in.

Benjamin Marcus Davis was born in Arkansas on February 14, 1876. At the age of four, he moved with his parents to North Carolina where, in 1895, he married Ida Bell Sawyer. According to U.S. Census records of 1900, 1910, and 1920, Davis worked as a farmer and a carpenter and lived in Middle Fork of Ivy and West Fork of Ivy, N.C., both of which were townships in Madison County. This is the same county where the Little Ivy Creek is located and matches the place name inscribed under the top of the table. Davis was also an ordained Southern Baptist minister who often made rustic furniture to support his itinerant lifestyle. Davis traveled throughout Western North Carolina during the 1920s and 1930s from which time this piece probably dates. Examples of his work have been exhibited at the Asheville Art Museum.


Condition:  
Some stains and small chips to top. Some age splits.
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