Feltman Carousel (F101-F109)
These are among the finest carousel horses
ever carved. Each horse is
large, powerful and well-proportioned,
and each has a personality all its own.
The decorating was done with
skill and imagination, with careful attention to texture and
shading. The painted surface has
aged to a handsome patina, lined with parallel checks and punctuated
with occasional chips
ringed with dozens of layers of colors and gold leaf.
Following a tendency of the last thirty years, bodies and manes are
sometimes painted in eccentric colors, and gold leaf is not profuse.
Those who wish to strip away more recent color schemes and
restore classical decoration will be rewarded with
strikingly crisp, deep carving
and meticulously engraved
scrollwork. Tails are dirty gray twisted nylon fiber, crying
to be placed with natural horsehair.
Except for F103, each stationary
horse has a concealed
access door and large unmirrored jewels designed
for internal illumination.
Illions Horses, Feltman Carousel
These may be the only smaller horses
Illions carved for the Feltman
machine, since the two inner rows were dominated by the pre-existing
Looff figures. These lack the fancy trappings of the outer
row horses, but they have the
unmistakable appeal and grace of Illions' carvings.