1930's Wpa Museum Extension Project Diorama,45-md-8 Hopi Grinding Corn, Rare For Sale
1930's WPA Museum Extension Project Diorama,45-MD-8 Hopi Grinding Corn,Extremely Rare!
In the early 1930's during the depression President Roosevelt enacted the "New Deal Program". The program employed people for government created jobs which gave people a way to earn money and have jobs during the depression. One of the programs was the WPA which was a Pennsylvania state program. The museum program employed thousands of artists & artisans who created exhibitions for schools. Some works were paintings,some were dolls and then there were the rare dioramas such as the one in this sale. There were 18 different American Indian themed dioramas created. This one being # 8 Hopi Grinding Corn. Each school could not order more than two of the exhibitions. These exhibitions like this diorama are very fragile and therefore many do not exist today.The box is made of wood and painted black.The front window and inner roof of the box are glass. The box measures 13 " wide, 8-1/2" high,10" in depth. It weighs 8 pounds.
This Hopi Indian Diorama is in like new condition. The figures inside are created from plaster and are very fragile. The paint on the figures is bright and colorful. The background is a curved piece of water-color painted cardboard.The water color paint is in excellent condition. The top of the diorama has a hinged lid which is held up by a small pencil like stick which allows light to enter the back of the diorama. The inner roof of the diorama is a cut glass top. These dioramas were meant to be put on a window sill where light would illuminate the box and the interior figures would be then viewed. Very few of these have ever come up for sale and when they do most are damaged. This is the one exception. This piece is in like new condition. Very few of these dioramas have come to the market and when they do they command very high prices.I believe the price I am setting on this vintage collectable piece of art is very reasonable. I will however take offers on this item but I do expect it to sell for the price I am asking.
SHIPPING VERY IMPORTANT: Please read:
Shipping will be costly due to the extreme fragile nature of this item. The figures are made of plaster and glued to the bottom of the box. The top is made of glass. I believe the best way to send this is to dissasemble it and pack the interior with styrofoam peanuts. The glass will have to be removed and shipped seperately within the box. I will take this to my local UPS store and have them quote you an insured shipping price. I expect thisto be costlyto ship.Whatever UPS quotes me is what I will charge you! Local pick-up is availabe and highly suggested if you live near Philadelphia, PA. I will speak to any serious buyer about the shipping costs prior to them offerding. I haveput $100 in the postage handling costs of this sale. I will refund any money if postage is less than the buyer pays through so you will payEXACT shipping costs.
The box will be considered oversized due to the amount of insulating packing that will be required.The box will probably weigh about 12 pounds.
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