While digging through a trunk in my closet recently, I came across a carefully wrapped bundle. Not remembering what was contained within, the wrapping was removed with care, and a great sense of anticipation. What type of treasure might lie within, to be bundled and packed with such care?
Layer after layer of cushioned wrapping came off, and my sense of expectation grew. To my delight, the treasure inside was revealed. It was an ashtray.
An ashtray? To say the least I was puzzled by the care taken to wrap an ashtray.
Then I looked closer.
It was a signed ashtray, depicting famous Thoroughbred racehorse, Whirlaway. The artist, Lynn Bouge Hunt. It is a beautiful piece of work, with Whirlaway’s handsome face captured to the smallest detail.
After a bit of research online, I found more works by Lynn Bogue Hunt, and a new appreciation for this fine piece of artwork grew by leaps and bounds. Known for his talents in the sporting area, Mr. Hunt (1878 – 1960) had an amazing creative genius when it came, at least in my humble opinion, to recreating racehorses.
Briefly, I entertained thoughts of selling this piece, just so that it could be viewed and appreciated. However, the more I enjoyed looking at this beautiful piece with the stunning rendition of Whirlaway, I changed my mind. The ashtray, once wrapped and packed with such great tenderness and care, now rests where all can see it in my living room. It attracts a great deal of attention, as the guests in my home are all horsemen as well.
I feel quite blessed to have found this work of art, and plan on passing it down to my children in time. But for now, it rests in a place of honor, giving joy to all who see it.