Paul Manship (1885-1966)
'Flight of Night'
inscribed 'PAUL.MANSHIP © 1916' (on the globe)--inscribed 'ROMAN BRONZE WORKS' (underneath the globe)
bronze with brown patina
14¼ in. (36.2 cm.) high on a marble base 4½ in. (11.4 cm.) high
The artist.
Private collection, New York, acquired from the above.
By descent to the present owner.
E. Murtha, Paul Manship, New York, 1957, pp. 153, 158, no. 80, another example illustrated.
Minnesota Museum of Art, Paul Manship: Changing Taste in America, exhibition catalogue, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1985, p. 71, cover illustration, another example illustrated.
J. Manship, Paul Manship, New York, 1989, pp. 63-64, another example illustrated.
H. Rand, Paul Manship, exhibition catalogue, Washington, D.C., 1989, pp. 117-18, another example illustrated.
J. Conner, J. Rosenkranz, American Sculpture: 1845-1925, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1999, pp. 32-33, 60, another example illustrated.
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Please note this lot is inscribed 'ROMAN BRONZE WORKS' (underneath the globe).

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Lot Essay

Gloria Kittleson writes of 'Flight of Night', "Often considered one of Manship's most elegant works, and an early expression of his mature style, 'Flight of Night' evokes classical Greek and East Indian sources. The allegorical figure of night floats in space over the universe, suggesting ubiquity, and her upraised arms round her head echo the globe over which she hovers. Her clearly delineated form suggests the crescent shape of the moon; the crescent moon was the ancient attribute of the virgin. Flight looks back over her shoulder, while her body moves forward with speed to make way for the oncoming day; her form is weighted toward the left, heightening the sense of movement." (Paul Manship: Changing Taste in America, exhibition catalogue, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1985, p. 71)

According to Edwin Murtha, the present example was cast in an edition of twenty. Other examples of the sculpture are in the collections of The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut.

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