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Paul Manship (1885-1966)

'Atalanta', A Parcel-Gilt Bronze Figure

inscribed 'PAUL MANSHIP 1921 ©' and 'Alexis. Rudier. Fondeur. Paris'
28½in. (72.4cm.) high, including veined marble base
Estate of the artist
John Manship (the artist's son)
Robert Schoelkopf Gallery Ltd., New York
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, December 4, 1986, lot 233
P. Vitry, Paul Manship: Sculpteur Americain, Paris, 1927, p. 42, pl. 21, illus.
E. Murtha, Paul Manship, New York, 1957, pp. 15, 161 no. 129, pl. 18, illus.
Minnesota Museum of Art, Paul Manship: Changing Taste in America, St. Paul, 1985, p. 95, no. 67, illus.
H. Rand, Paul Manship, Washington, 1989, p. 56, illus. 57

Lot Essay

The model, depicting the mythological heroine, is typical of Manship's inventive modern design based on antique prototype. The exquisite patina and jewel-like chasing, characteristic of Rudier foundry work, are further evidence of the sculptor's reverence for the artistic and technical lessons of the Renaissance.

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