These caricature woodcarvings by Carl Johan Tryyg and his three sons from Sweden depict some of the more unusual characters found along the waterfront in Montreal, their transplanted home. They are cut from individual pieces of either basswood or pine and mounted on a base. The faces are unusual in a flat plane carving style, the features overemphasized. The paint colours are always vibrant, their clothing often in plaids. They were signed and dated by the master craftsman to attest to their authenticity. I'm pleased to note they are still popular among collector's.
Our collection which my Dad loved consisted of several different characters. My favourites are -The gentleman in a dilapidated morning coat with a monocle holding a floral bouquet. The professional bum with plaid patches on his knees, a poppy in his boutonniere and a carved cane. A vagabond woman wearing a green bandana holding a flower wearing a mischievous, flirtatious expression.
Understated and unique, they are conversation pieces which draw the eye with humour and fun. Playfulness at its best.