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    Sale 2055

    Sporting and Wildlife Art

    3 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 47

    Caroll K. Bassett (American, 1906-1972)

    The steeplechase

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    Caroll K. Bassett (American, 1906-1972)
    The steeplechase
    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.

    Literature

    Gerald Strine, Montpelier: The Recollections of Marion duPont Scott, Scribners, New York, 1976.