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    FANNIE B. SHAW (1894-1991)
    1936 Texas Centennial Carving, 1935-1936
    Ink and oil paint on carved wood
    54.5in. x 51.5in.
    Signed and dated lower right
    Signed and dated verso

    This wonderful carving of the state of Texas was created for and exhibited at the 1936 Texas Centennial. For the last five years it has been on loan to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas.

    The significance of the carving is best demonstrated by the e-mail the present owner received from Tom Wancho of the Bob Bullock Museum when informed the carving was to be removed from the Museum and sold at auction:

    Subject: RE: Texas Centennial Carving
    Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2006 14:29:59

    Wes:
    Thanks for the heads up. I'm sorry that the carving will be leaving soon, it's truly a piece of Texana that'll be just as outstanding 50 years from now as it was when your grandmother completed work on it 70 years ago. I'll find something to put into that case, but nothing will ever be as magnificent as that carving. It's like trying to replace Travis's letter from the Alamo - one of a kind.
    I'll look forward to hearing from Larry and will let you know once it's been shipped so that you can keep tabs on it. Good luck with the sale and thanks for your kind words. Remember, it's lenders like yourself who make this Museum what it is.
    Sincerely,
    Tom Wancho
    Exhibit Planner
    The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum


    This unsolicited comment represents a strong endorsement of the carving's significance.

    The central part of the carving is a map of the state of Texas, surrounded by the six flags the state has been ruled under. The left half of the carving is titled "Yesterday." The right half of the carving is titled "Today." Portraits of all Texas's governors appear in the background.

    On the right side are carvings of Old Ben Milam, Mirabeau Lamar, William T. Travis, a soldier, a Texas Ranger, a modern home, a modern farm tractor, a propel-driven airplane, a cotton boll, an automobile, a Hereford cow, a state university, and the State Seal of Texas.

    Carved vignettes on the left side of the carving include a list of Texas's eleven heroes, an early schoolhouse, a carved portrait of Sam Houston, a Texas Longhorn, a horse-drawn wagon, the Pony Express, early farming, an early settler house, and Deaf Smith cutting down Vince's Bridge.

    At the top of the carving are the three state capitols of Texas: the original--Columbia--where congress first met; the second capitol in Houston; and the third in Austin. The state flower--the bluebonnet--graces the upper left and right corners and the state bird--the mockingbird--the lower corners.

    At the bottom is a vignette showing the Dallas 1936 Texas Centennial with people arriving from all directions of the compass by automobile, train, and motorcycle.

    A photo of Fannie B. Shaw with the carving at the Texas Centennial is illustrated below. Another principal work by Shaw is currently housed at the Dallas Museum of Art. It is called Prosperity Quilt and is also on the cover of the book Twentieth Century Quilts 1900-1950, by Thomas K. Woodard and Blanche Greenstein, published by E. P. Dutton of New York. The quilt (see photo below) shows ordinary people, from the baker to the businessman to the cowboy, looking around a corner for prosperity. The inspiration for the quilt (1930-1932) was President Hoover's almost constant comment that "good times are just around the corner."

    This is a major opportunity for a collector to obtain a matchless cultural treasure of the state of Texas. If the winning bidder would be so inclined, the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum stands ready to accept the carving back by loan or donation to hang in the specially-designed display case (and empty spot) where it formerly hung.

    Exhibited:
    The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 2001-2006



    Condition Report*: Excellent condition.
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