E-Museum of Pyrographic Art

Antique Pyrography Hall


to the Poker Work Salon
Early 20th Century Pyrographic Art

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Pyroengraved wood plaque
Greece, circa 1910
Traditional motif relating to shepherds on the land
of historical significance in Greece

From the private collection of Jan Crawford
Photograph by K. J. Mixo Sydenham

Table Tennis Set
American, circa 1920

Set was purchased (for $2.90) by the owner's late uncle at Macys "probably in the 20's"
The individual racquets are each distinct in rendering and obviously hand done, not factory stamped. The other pieces including the box are all decorated in the same motif. The set is unsigned and bears no date inscription.

From the private collection of Suzanne Luftig
Digital image courtesy of the owner

Victorian occasional table, circa 1920
inspired by similar tables from the Maghreb

Probably manufactured in one of the American art factories of the time
May have been factory scorched (rather than hand done pyrography) and then hand painted.

Probably painted in the studio of
Fred Stewart Greene, either by him
or his mother, Harriet M. Greene

From the house and estate of Fred Stewart Greene
Now the North Stonington Historical Society
N. Stonington, Connecticut

Photograph by Sharon H. Garvey

Toys and wooden household objects
Russian poker work from the 1930's or before
Read about this poker work in the history of the Russian nesting dolls (matryoshka) from the village of Polkholvsky Maidan.

The nesting doll shown is typical of that time and a precursor to the later brightly colored nesting dolls from that area of Russia and from Semionovo that were painted rather than woodburned.

Today there are some dolls that are both woodburned and painted, but these are less common. See an example of these rarer dolls in the Traditional Hall here in the E-Museum in the International Salon.

The picture above is thanks to Michle Terletsky

Pair of pyroengraved wood hangers, enhanced with color details
Australia, circa 1910

Private collection of K. J. Mixo Sydenham, Australia

Photograph by K. J. Mixo Sydenham

Pair of pyroengraved wood bookends
Australia, circa 1910

Photograph by K. J. Mixo Sydenham

Tiny wood box (ring box)
from Antigua, Guatemala,
circa 1915

Photograph by Sharon Garvey

Private collection of Kathleen Menéndez

For more about antique pyrography art work and tools, there is a fully illustrated article entitled Antique Pyrography (published in the Woodcarvers Online Magazine, linked here) as well as an exhibit of Antique Pyrography Tools in the Pyrography Tools Exhibit Hall 'upstairs' in this E-Museum.

You are leaving the
Vintage Pokerwork Salon

You can return to the

Antique Hall

or visit one of the following:

Pyrographic Art Exhibit Halls:

Portraits and Paintings

Decorative and Applied Art


Traditional and Folk Art

Children's Pyrographic Art

Special Pyrographic Art

The Book Store and E-Museum Library

Pyrography Tools and Techniques

Your questions and comments are welcome and appreciated.
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Last updated 31 October 2009.