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    Sale 2058

    Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    4 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 181

    Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955)

    'Allegresse'

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Bessie Potter Vonnoh (1872-1955)
    'Allegresse'
    inscribed 'Bessie Potter Vonnoh/no. A.IX' and 'ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N-Y-' (on the base)
    bronze with greenish-brown patina
    26 in. (66.0 cm.) high


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    'Allegresse' was awarded the Elizabeth N. Watrous Gold Medal of the National Academy in 1921. Another example of this work is in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan.

    Provenance

    Acquired by the present owner, prior to 1990.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Pennsylvania Estate


    Literature

    National Sculpture Society, Exhibition of American Sculpture Catalogue, New York, 1923, p. 241.
    National Sculpture Society, Contemporary American Sculpture, New York, 1929, p. 322.
    B.G. Proske, Brookgreen Gardens Sculpture, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, 1968, p. 82.
    The Detroit Institute of Arts, Sculpture in the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan, 1969, p. 50.
    J. Conner and J. Rosenkranz, Rediscoveries in American Sculpture: Studio Works 1893-1939, Austin, Texas, 1989, pp. 165, 167.
    C.S. Rubenstein, American Women Sculptors: A History of Women Working in Three Dimensions, Boston, Massachusetts, 1990, p. 113.