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    Sale 12165

    American Art

    22 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 84

    Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (1880-1980)

    Longing (The Wish)

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    Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (1880-1980)
    Longing (The Wish)
    inscribed 'HARRIET W. FRISHMUTH 1929 ©' (on the base)—stamped 'GORHAM CO. FOUNDERS QHBV' and inscribed 'OM 787' (along the base)
    bronze with greenish-brown patina
    15 ½ in. (39.4 cm.) on a ¾ in. (1.9 cm.) black marble base
    Modeled in 1929; cast circa 1930-47.


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    Cast in an edition of nineteen, Harriet Frishmuth fondly described Longing (The Wish) as a “lovely ripened bronze.” (as quoted in Captured Motion, The Sculpture of Harriet Whitney Frishmuth: A Catalogue of Works, p. 84) Through her wistful upward gaze and inviting gesture, the model is captured in a singular moment of yearning.

    Provenance

    Graham Gallery, New York.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.


    Literature

    C.N. Aronson, Sculptured Hyacinths, New York, 1973, p. 41, the plaster illustrated.
    J. Conner, L.R. Lehmbeck, T. Tolles, F.L. Hohmann III, Captured Motion, The Sculpture of Harriet Whitney Frishmuth: A Catalogue of Works, New York, 2006, pp. 49, 84, 97, 116-19, 202, 204-05, 261, no. 1929:8, illustrated.