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    Sale 2182

    Important 20th Century Decorative Art and Design

    2 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 39

    DONALD DE LUE (1897-1988)

    A PAINTED AND CARVED WOOD SCULPTURE OF KNIGHT CRUSADER, CIRCA 1944

    Price Realised  

    DONALD DE LUE (1897-1988)
    A Painted and Carved Wood Sculpture of Knight Crusader, circa 1944
    on a later wood pedestal
    38¼ in. (97.1 cm.) high, 32 in. (81.2 cm.) wide, 19 in. (48.4 cm.) deep


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    cf. D. R. Howlett, The Sculpture of Donald De Lue, Boston, 1990, p. 58.
    Donald De Lue was a prolific American sculptor who specialized in figural works. Rooted in the stylized Classicism of the 1930s, De Lue's powerful representations of the human form won him acclaim and awards throughout his lifetime. His best known works are the Rocket Thrower executed for the New York World's Fair in 1964, the Spirit of American Youth for the Omaha Beach Memorial and numerous other war memorials. This design, first sculpted in plasticine, was executed in wood due to wartime shortages of metal. Two of this design were made, for chapels at West Point and Arlington, Virginia. The other example is now in the private collection of Mitchell Wolfson, Jr.