3 December 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 3,000
Estimate USD 2,500 - USD 3,500
Caroll K. Bassett (American, 1906-1972)
signed and dated 'CAROLL K. BASSETT/1930' (on the base) and incised '16' (on the underside)
bronze, with deep brown patina
height: 9½ in. (23.5 cm.); width: 19 in. (48.3 cm.)
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Born in New Jersey, Caroll K. Bassett was a leading steeplechase rider in the 1930s and winner of over 100 races. He won the U.S. Grand National and two National Steeplechase Hunt Cups (1933-34) on Mrs Marion duPont Scott's famous horse Battleship. After studying at the Art Students League in New York, he later became an accomplished equine sculptor.
Another cast of this work was in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jefford.
Please note this bronze group bears the additional mark Dana 7/100 (on the edge of the base).
Gerald Strine, Montpelier: The Recollections of Marion duPont Scott, Scribners, New York, 1976.