Aaron Mountz (attributed)


Chip carved wood.
Missing toes on three of four feet.
5.75″h x 7″l x 2.5″w

(1973-1949) Aaron Mountz was born in 1873 in Cumberland County, PA. He was an apprentice and younger contemporary of William Schimmel, who gained more notoriety and recognition than Mountz. Pennsylvania German, Mountz spent hours watching Schimmel do his wood carvings, but his own output was small compared to his mentor. It is believed that there are no more than 50 pieces of Mountz’ work that remain.Mountz’ work was mostly of animals, and he employed cross-hatching to embellish the na├»ve carving. Some of his works were painted, but many remained unfinished. Mountz was shown at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Museum along with Schimmel. One of his small round eagles sits next to a large carving of Schimmel’s at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.