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2022 Summer Fine Art & Antiques (Day 1)

Sat, Jul 9, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 214

3 Vannoy Streeter Wire Sculptures, Tina Turner, Buggy, & Motorcycle

Estimate: $400 - $500

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Three (3) Vannoy Streeter (Tennessee, 1919-1998) wire sculptures, including one (1) depicting vocalist Tina Turner wearing sunglasses, red earrings, a bikini top, and high heels comprised of multi-colored wire; one (1) depicting a figure wearing a hat driving a horse-drawn cart; and one (1) depicting a motorcycle with headlights and a kickstand. Ranging in size from 4 3/8" H x 6 3/8" W x approx. 3" D to 8 3/4" H x 11" W x 5 5/8" D. Biography: "Self-taught sculptor Vannoy Streeter was known as "Wireman" because of the fanciful creations he fashioned from coat hangers and metal wire. Best known for his depictions of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Streeter also created scores of other images using wrapped and twisted wire. By the time of his death in 1998, Streeter had gained national exposure. He participated in the National Black Arts Festival in 1990, and his work attracted collectors from around the United States. Born in 1919 in Wartrace, Tennessee, Streeter moved with his family to what would later become a Tennessee Walking Horse farm. At the time, owners were still training their mixed thoroughbreds to prance in front of buggies. The oldest of six brothers, he learned the horse grooming and training business from his father. When the first Walking Horse Celebration was held in Wartrace, Streeter was there to observe the high-stepping front legs and sliding, low-slung back legs that created the characteristic rocking gait. After the Walking Horse Celebration moved to its current home in the county seat of Shelbyville, Streeter took special pride in the fact that African American trainers helped develop the Walking Horse style and that champion horse "Strolling Jim" was from Wartrace." (source: The Tennessee Encyclopedia)

The personal collection of former Folk/Outsider Art dealer Jamie Teal, Nashville, Tennessee; acquired directly from the artist.


All items in overall good condition with oxidation to wire and minor scattered surface grime. Note that some loose tips (as made) are sharp.