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    Viktor Schreckengost (American, 1906-2008)
    Mangbetu Child, sculpted in 1932, second lifetime cast from the original plaster 2003
    Bronze with blackish brown patina
    17-3/4 inches high (45.1 cm)
    Signed VIKTOR SCHRECKENGOST/ 1932/ 4
    Cast at Light Sculpture Works by Ron Dewey, Cleveland, Ohio; chased by Paula Blackman, Cleveland, Ohio
    Foundry mark (LSW) and initials of Paula Blackman (PFB) inside the cast

    EXHIBITED:
    The Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, "Viktor Schreckengost From Jazz to Design," May 7-June 5, 2010.

    LITERATURE:
    H. Adams, Viktor Schreckengost and 20th-Century Design, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 2000, p. 67-8, first lifetime cast of 1933 by Gorham, illustrated p. 68;
    Adams, Henry, Viktor Schreckengost: American Da Vinci, Tide-Mark Press LTD., Windsor, Connecticut, 2006, pp. 46-7, first lifetime cast illustrated p. 46.

    The remarkable busts of Mangbetu Child and Jeddu, a Mangbetu Queen [also in this auction], are both based upon photographs that Viktor's teacher at the Cleveland School of Art, Paul Bough Travis, had brought back from a trip to Africa a few years earlier. In 1927-28, Travis spent a full year traversing the continent from Cape Town to Cairo, and the trip provided him with artistic inspiration for the rest of his life. In March of 1928 he visited a Mangbetu village in the Belgian Congo near Niangara, home to King Ekibondo, where he was lavishly entertained. During his visit with Ekibondo, Travis had his picture taken with a child on his lap--Legenda, the daughter of Ekibondo and his wife Jeddu--who had had her head bound in the Mangbetu fashion to create a sloping forehead and elongated skill they considered beautiful. Viktor was taken with this usual profile depicted in the photos of Legenda and Jeddu (with her elaborate coiffure), and these two busts were the striking result. Jeddu's features also bear a resemblance to Viktor's own face, which is often the inevitable result of making a portrait. Viktor sculpted both of these busts in plaster, then had them cast into bronze. Jeddu had to wait 70 years for her casting, owing to the expense of the process. In the meantime she was exhibited in plaster form, in many exhibitions as a beautiful expression of Art Deco sculpture.

    We are grateful to Joseph Kisvardai for providing information on the foundry, casting and finishing of Viktor's bronzes.




    Condition Report*: In good condition.
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