Carousel Figure of a Pig

about 1905
Attributed to Gustav A. Dentzel Carousel Co. (active 1867–1928), Carved by Salvatore Cernigliaro ("Cherni") (American (born Sicily), 1879–1974)

Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


Overall: 76.2 x 127 x 29.2cm (30 x 50 x 11 1/2in.) Mount (Wooden base ): 8.9 x 20.3 x 66 cm (3 1/2 x 8 x 26 in.) Mount (wooden post): 58.4 x 4.1 cm (23 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Basswood (Tilia americana), glass

Out on Loan

On display at Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Japan, July 23, 2018 – October 8, 2018





Carved and painted figure with black saddle and green blanket underneath; acorn with green leaves on one side; mottled beige body with brown spots. There are numerous losses to the paint on the body; saddle and blanket underneath repainted in modern times.


Said to be in a private collection in Halifax, Massachusetts, by the 1930s; sold, Skinner, Bolton, Massachusetts, American Furniture and Decorative Arts Sale 2092, August 12, 2001, lot 241; purchased by the MFA.

Credit Line

Mary E. Moore Gift