Ruby Newman Fine Arts Studio

Carousel Restoration Main Page - Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Herschell-Spillman The 1914 Herschell-Spillman Carousel in Golden Gate Park features 62 animals, 4 chariots, 54 pictorial panels, and 18 carved masks. In 1977, I was commissioned by the The San Francisco Arts Commission and the Recreation & Parks Department to oversee the restoration. Our crew of dedicated craftspeople meticulously prepared all surfaces for paint, often re-carving parts that were badly damaged.

I then hand painted all animals, outer panels, chariots, and decorations. Since then, I have continued to consult and restore animals for private collections. I also assist collectors in the appraisal and purchase of antique carousel figures.   Please contact me, if I may be of service. - Ruby Newman -

Painting of carousel figures ©1980 Ruby Newman. Photographs ©1980-1985 Roy King.


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