This Is Slick An Art Sieving Masterpiece

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In the world of ventriloquist figure makers one of the more obscure but great makers was Art Sieving. Art was a carver and did architectural carvings as well as clocks and even a few ventriloquist figures. He himself did do ventriloquism and this was a personal figure he used that he called Slick. Jay Johnson, know for his figure Bob, actually started his career using a Sieving figure.

This is a full size 40″ figure which was carved in the likeness of Mortimer Snerd but if you look close you will see that his eyes are placed just opposite of Mortimers as well as his buck teeth. Also his nose is very asymmetrical which I really think is wonderful.

The paint is all original and in very good condition except for the very tip of his nose but it will remain as seen. When I unpacked him, watch the video, he was still in his original cloths but they were really falling apart and were very tattered so I re dressed him in this suit which is much more appropriate for this type character. Also his mouth, which is the only function, was done using a leather string which broke the first time I pulled the lever. Lee Dunn was here and he restrung the mouth and it works perfectly now.

I hope you enjoy seeing this rare ventriloquist figure.

An Art Sieving Masterpiece


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One Response to This Is Slick An Art Sieving Masterpiece

  1. Bob Isaacson says:

    A wonderful example of Art Sieving’s Vent figures. A excellent likeness of “Mortimer”. I’ve seen photos of other wood carvings ( not Vent figures) done by Art. He was truly a great artist. Thanks for the terrific photos of his “Mortimer”.

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