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Charles Looff (1852-1918)

Camel
Ca. 1880
Carved and polychrome wood
Condition: Excellent, substantially original paint, small loss at tail joint, replacement to center section of seat. Some second old paint primarily to saddle.
Rare and striking Looff camel carousel figure. A blue saddle and bit, carved fur detail and an amiable expression distinguish this charming dromedary. The figure was possibly carved for an inner row on a carousel or intended for a smaller-sized carousel.

Charles Looff was born in Denmark and immigrated to the United States in 1870 settling in Brooklyn. The creator of hand-carved carousel figures, he is most famous for building the first carousel at Coney Island in 1876. In addition to Coney Island, Looff built amusement parks and carousels at California’s Santa Monica Pier in 1916, Ocean Park, Redondo Beach, Venice Beach, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco, California. Looff died in 1918 in Long Beach, California and after his death, his son, Arthur Looff, continued to manage the family’s business.

Dimensions: 46"h x 45"w x 10 1/2"d

Item ID: FA-WDCRVG 358

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