Circa: 1930s Country of Origin: United States Manufacturer: Unsigned Chalkware Folk Art
This wonderful folk art chalkware or plaster wall hanging came from a local Mormon Utah estate. It depicts a family of Mormon pioneers (or at least it is assumed they are Mormons) crossing the mountains in their covered wagons. One wagon with oxen and family members are depicted in high relief in the foreground, and you can make out other covered wagons and horses in the background.
The plaque is 16-1/4" wide by 8-12" high, all hand formed and detailed, not mold-poured. The paint is somewhat worn at the high points, mainly the leaves of the trees. There are some insignificant minor scratches and rubs, and a couple of shallow flakes or chips at the very top edge. The only noticeable chip is a 1/4" by 3/8" flake along the right edge, visible in the first and last photos. There is considerable age patina to the paint.
This interesting piece of old West Mormon folk art dates to at least the 1930s, if not earlier.