Vannoy Streeter (Tennessee, 1919-1998) wire sculptures depicting a three-piece band, 5 items total, comprised of a banjo player, a drum player seated at a drum set, and a piano player seated at a piano with a sheet of music written in pencil on off white cardstock. Ranging in size from 4 1/2″ H x 5 7/8″ W x 4 1/4″ D to 8 3/4″ H x 5 3/4″ W x 3″ D. American, second half 20th century. 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). Provenance: private Nashville collection, acquired from the collection of the late interior designer Bill Knox, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: Overall very good condition with scattered oxidation. Toning to cardstock.
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