Mario Korbel (1882-1954)
inscribed 'MARIO KORBEL' (on the base)--inscribed 'ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N-Y-' and stamped '1010' (along the base)
bronze with greenish brown patina
14¼ x 24 in. (36.2 x 61 cm.)
James Graham & Sons, New York.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, circa 1990.
A. Hyatt Mayor, et al., A Century of American Sculpture: Treasures from Brookgreen Gardens, New York, 1981, p. 73, a marble version illustrated.
J. Conner and J. Rosenkranz, Rediscoveries in American Sculpture: Studio Works, 1893-1939, Austin, Texas, 1989, pp. 98-99, another example illustrated.

Lot Essay

According to Janis Conner and Joel Rosenkranz, "The figure of Night, 'deliciously languid, opulent with the opulence of sleep and dreams,' is one of Korbel's most successful compositions." There are several versions of Night including a 1920 polychrome, an 8¼ inch long bronze sketch modeled in 1921, which is in the collection of the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and at least two casts of a one-half life-size version also done in 1921.

Additionally there are two life-size marble versions based on the bronze, the first was commissioned by the Nicholas F. Bradys for their Manhasset, Long Island estate, Inisfada. The second, completed in 1933, was purchased by fellow sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington for Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina." (Rediscoveries in American Sculpture: Studio Works, 1893-1939, Austin, Texas, 1989, p. 98)

More from Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

View All
View All