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    Frederic Remington (American, 1861-1909)
    The Broncho Buster #17, cast circa 1902
    Bronze with dark brown patina
    23-1/8 inches (58.7 cm) high
    Inscribed on the base: Frederic Remington / Copyright by / Frederic Remington 1895
    Stamped 'Roman Bronze Works / NY / Cire Perdue Cast' and '17' on the base
    Inscribed on underside: 17 / 3

    PROVENANCE:
    Private collection, California.

    In a letter dated May 23, 2016, which accompanies this lot, Peter Hassrick, Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, writes:

    "Remington's The Broncho Buster, Roman Bronze Works number 17, was cast in lost wax with a sand cast base around 1902, and is an especially nice example of the artist's three-dimensional work. The Broncho Buster in its various permutations was America's most popular bronze in the 19th and early 20th centuries and is commonly regarded as one of the world's finest action bronzes. It combines naturalness, vitality, and a measure of academic restraint that set it apart for all sculptural work of its day. It has served many generations, through its iconic theme, as a symbol of a transforming American West. It celebrates two mythic Western protagonists, the cowboy and the wild horse, and is the essence of a wild yet tamable frontier. While paying tribute to horseflesh in its most spirited quest for freedom, it also portrays the cowboy as the harbinger of civilization.

    "I feel that this is a perfectly fine example of an early RBW casting of Remington's The Broncho Buster and should be added to the artist's sculptural oeuvre."

    We would like to thank Peter Hassrick for his gracious assistance in cataloging this work.

    Additionally, letter confirming the authenticity of this work as The Bronco Buster #17 by Frederic Remington from Harold McCraken, Director Whitney Gallery of Western Art and Buffalo Bill Historical Center, dated September 28, 1972 accompanies this lot.







    Condition Report*: We would like to thank Steve Tatti, Fine Arts Conservator, New York for conducting the below condition report. The sculpture is currently in overall excellent condition. The piece has been recently treated to correct condition issues such as: the stabilization of a loose/poorfitting roman joint in the proper right arm, the repair of a crack within the upper portion of the tail, the replacement of the spurs at the boot, the fabrication of a reign, and the reworking of the quirt. A new protective wax coating has been applied and the piece buffed to an even lustre.
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    November, 2016
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