New York, Park Avenue
4 December 1996
Property of a NORTHEAST MUSEUM*
Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907)
'The Puritan', A Bronze Figure
inscribed '1595 DEACON SAMVEL CHAPIN 1675' and 'AVGVSTVS. SAINT-GAVDENS' and stamped on applied tag 'COPYRIGHT. BY. AVGVSTVS. SAINT-GAVDENS. MDCCCXCIX'
30½in. (77.5cm.) high, on original wood stand made by Tiffany & Co., 35½in. (90cm.) high, rich blackish brown patina
Gift from the Chapin Family, 1946
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J. Dryfhout, The Work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Hanover, 1982, p. 162-165, illus.
K. Greenthal et. al., American Figurative Sculpture in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 1986, pp. 238-242
The present bronze is a variant of the reduction of Saint-Gaudens' 1886 monument The Puritan. The work was commissioned for the town of Springfield, Massachusetts by Chester W. Chapin, a descendant of the minister and the model for the figure. The inscription on the present lot and the provenance would indicate that this was either a presentation bronze or a special commission.
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