84 1/4 x 33 x 30 1/2 in. (214 x 83.8 x 77.5 cm)
(Germany, 1827 - 1916)
Medium and Support:
Wood and paint
Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Location: Currently on view
For approximately sixteen years before he died at age 88, John Scholl created over forty imaginative sculptures that he stored in the parlor of his home in Germania, Potter County, Pennsylvania. A builder by trade, Scholl seemed to create these architectural forms as an extension of the decorative fretwork and scrollwork seen on the porches and gables of Victorian homes, many of which were made from pattern book templates. Incorporated into the whimsical creations were traditional European folk art motifs: birds, stars, and sunbursts.
Scholl was proud of his work, and enjoyed showing people through the collection; in good weather, he moved some it out into his yard. When he died of pneumonia, contracted after shoveling snow, Crested Swans was one of the pieces that surrounded Scholl's casket during the wake.
[Gallery label text, 2002]