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    Sale 2029

    Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    25 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 84

    Adolph Alexander Weinman (1870-1952)

    'Rising Day'

    Price Realised  

    Adolph Alexander Weinman (1870-1952)
    'Rising Day'
    inscribed '©/A. A. Weinman-Fecit-' (on the base)--inscribed 'No. 16' (under the base)
    bronze with brown patina
    26½ in. (67.3 cm.) high


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    Rising Day and its companion work, Descending Night, were originally designed as fountain figures for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. Surmounting enormous decorated columns, the pair of plaster figures were installed in the Court of the Universe, designed by the architectural firm, McKim, Mead and White. The building and its courtyard, known as the "meeting place of the hemi-spheres," stood at the northern end of the fairgrounds between the Palace of Agriculture and the Palace of Transportation. Following the exhibition, Weinman reproduced both works in two sizes, one measuring approximately 26 inches tall and the other approximately 57 inches.

    Additional examples of Rising Day are in the collections of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

    Provenance

    James Graham & Sons, New York.
    Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, New York, acquired from the above.
    Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., New York, 31 October 1975, lot 34.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the additional provenance on this lot:

    James Graham & Sons, New York.
    Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, New York, acquired from the above.
    Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, 31 October 1975, lot 34.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED MARYLAND COLLECTION


    Literature

    J. James, Sculpture of the Exposition Palaces and Courts, San Francisco, California, 1915, pp. 18-21, another example illustrated.
    Brookgreen Gardens, Sculpture by Adolph Alexander Weinman, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, 1937.
    The National Sculpture Society, New York, American Sculpture Series: Adolph A. Weinman, New York, 1950, pp. 16-19, 61, another example illustrated.
    B.G. Proske, Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, 1968, p. 122.
    D. Robbins, "Statues to Sculpture: From the Nineties to the Thirties," T. Armstrong, et al., 200 Years of American Sculpture, New York, 1976, p. 115, no. 152, another example illustrated.
    Whitney Museum of American Art, 200 Years of American Sculpture, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1976, p. 115, no. 151, another example illustrated.