Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937)
Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937)
Frederick William MacMonnies (1863-1937)
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Young Faun with Heron

Young Faun with Heron
inscribed 'Frederick MacMonnies/Copyright 1894 Paris 1890' and stamped with foundry mark 'E. GRUET/JEUNE/FONDEUR/·44 BIS AVENUE DE CHATILLON·PARIS' (on top of the base)
bronze with greenish-brown patina
26 3⁄4 in. (67.9 cm.) high
Modeled in 1890.
Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, 30 January 1980, lot 339.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
A.T.E. Gardner, American Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1965, p. 82, fig. 27.21.8, another example illustrated.
H. Berman, Bronzes, Sculptors & Founders 1800-1930, Chicago, Illinois, 1977, vol. III, p. 725, no. 2631, another example referenced.
K. Solender, The American Way in Sculpture, 1890-1930, exhibition catalogue, Cleveland, Ohio, 1986, n.p., no. 8, another example referenced.
J. Connor, J. Rosenkranz, Rediscoveries in American Sculpture: Studio Works 1893-1939, Austin, Texas, 1989, pp. 126-27, another example illustrated.
W.H. Gerdts, Lasting Impressions: American Painters in France, 1865-1915, exhibition catalogue, Chicago, Illinois, 1992, p. 60, another example referenced.
M. Smart, A Flight with Fame: The Life and Art of Frederick MacMonnies (1863-1937), Madison, Connecticut, 1996, pp. 85, 91, 92, 99, 106, 149, 150, another example illustrated.
E.A. Gordon, The Sculpture of Frederick WIlliam MacMonnies: A Critical Catalogue, pt. 1, Ph.D. dissertation, New York University, 1998, pp. 127-130, no. 23, another example referenced.
J. Connor, American Sculpture 1845-1925, New York, 1999, pp. 20, 22-23, 60, another example illustrated.
T. Tolles, American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1999, p. 432, no. 194, another example illustrated.
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Lot Essay

Frederick MacMonnies originally created an approximately 80 inch high version of Young Faun with Heron as a commission for Joseph H. Choate's estate in Stockbridge, Massachusetts known as Naumkeag. The sculpture became the artist's first to win prizes in both America and Europe. As a result, the artist produced bronze reductions cast by both Gruet in Paris and Roman Bronze Works in New York.

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