5 December 2002
Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (1880-1979)
inscribed '© 1921 Harriet W. Frishmuth' (along the base)-- stamped 'Gorham Co Founders OW88' (along the base)
bronze with reddish-brown patina
11½ in. (29.2 cm.) high
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The Gorham Company, Famous Small Bronzes, New York, 1928, pl. 101, illustration of another example
C.N. Aronson, Sculptured Hyacinths, New York, 1973, pp. 44, 45, 208, illustration of another example
In 1921, while conducting a class in her Sniffen Court studio, Harriet Whitney Frishmuth conceived The Vine as a small statuette using René Wilde as her model. Two years later, using Desha Deltiel as a model to finish the work, Frishmuth decided to enlarge the figure and include it in a major exhibition of sculpture organized by the National Sculpture Society.
This work will be included in Leah Rosenblatt's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the works by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth.
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