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    Frederic Remington (American, 1861-1909)
    The Broncho Buster #73, March 25, 1908
    Bronze with greenish-brown patina
    23 inches (58.4 cm) high
    Inscribed on base with 'Roman Bronze Works N.Y.' stamp: Copyright by / Frederic Remington
    Stamped on underside: No 73.

    PROVENANCE:
    Roman Bronze Works, New York;
    Private collection, acquired from the above, December 31, 1908;
    Harvey Ladew, Maryland;
    Wildenstein & Co., New York;
    John Michelman, Ltd., New York;
    Masco Corporation Art Collection, acquired from the above, 1977;
    Sotheby's, New York, December 3, 1998, lot 196;
    J.N. Bartfield Galleries, New York, acquired from the above;
    Private collection, Wayne, Pennsylvania, acquired from the above, March 4, 1999.


    LITERATURE:
    H. McCracken, Frederic Remington: Artist of the Old West, New York, 1966, n.p., pl. 41, another example illustrated;
    H. McCracken, The Frederic Remington Book, Garden City, New York, 1960, p. 255, another example illustrated;
    P.H. Hassrick, The Frederic Remington: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture in the Amon Carter Museum and the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Collections, New York, 1973, p. 180-81, another example illustrated;
    M.E. Shapiro, Cast and Recast: The Sculpture of Frederic Remington, Washington, D.C., 1981, p. 63-69, another example illustrated;
    M.E. Shapiro and P.H. Hassrick, Frederic Remington, The Masterworks, Cody, Wyoming, 1988, pp. 172-75, 203, another example illustrated;
    J. Ballinger, Frederic Remington, New York, 1989, p. 74, another example illustrated;
    M.D. Greenbaum, Icons of the West, Frederic Remington's Sculpture, Ogdensburg, New York, 1996, pp. 26, 47, 51-64, 176, another example illustrated.

    Frederic Remington's Broncho Buster is perhaps the quintessential image of American Western Art. This work represents Remington's first venture into sculpture, having already established himself as a celebrated easel painter. While Remington was not the first artist to depict this classic struggle between rider and horse, he may well have been the most successful in terms of capturing the movement, drama, and pure energy of the struggle.

    By the time he tried his hand at sculpting and produced the Bronco Buster in 1895, Remington had already gained national prominence as an illustrator, and received critical acclaim as a painter. Remarkably, he had no prior training or experience in sculpting when he started work on what came to be his signature bronze. He was delighted with the results of his first sculpting effort, writing to his friend, the writer Owen Wister, that "my oils will all get old...my watercolors will fade, but I am to endure in bronze." The present work is cast #73, made in the artist's lifetime on March 25, 1908.

    A copy of the Roman Bronze Work archive page referencing the sale of this work accompanies this lot.


    Estimate: $250,000 - $350,000.

    Condition Report*: There appears to be verdigris in areas of low relief – most notably in tail of horse; inconsistency in the patina; rubbing in areas of high relief – most notably edges of chaps of figure.
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