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    Sale 2142

    Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    5 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 158

    Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (1880-1980)

    'The Star'

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    Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (1880-1980)
    'The Star'
    inscribed 'Harriet W Frishmuth' and stamped 'Gorham Co. Founders Q505' (along the base)
    bronze with verdigris patina
    19¼ in. (48.8 cm.) high with a green marble base 3/4 in. (4.5 cm.) high

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    The Star was conceived as a small bronze statuette in 1918. Because of its commercial success, the artist enlarged the model and had it cast as a life-size bronze in 1923. A life-size bronze of The Star is in the collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, Ohio.

    By 1948, Gorham Bronze Foundry had created 338 castings of the small statuette version of The Star. The present sculpture, an early cast in the edition as number 14, was created on September 8, 1920.


    C.N. Aronson, Sculptured Hyacinths, New York, 1973, pp. 101-105,
    206, another example illustrated.
    J. Conner, F. Hohmann III, L.R. Lehmneck, T. Tolles, Captured Motion: The Sculpture of Harriet Whitney Frishmuth, A Catalogue of Works, New York, 2006, p. 237, no. 1918:3, illustrated.