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    Paul Manship (American, 1885-1966)
    Little Brother, conceived 1912, cast circa 1914-17
    Bronze with brown patina
    13 inches (33.0 cm) high on a 7/8 inches (2.2 cm) high marble base
    Inscribed on base: Paul Manship / © Roma 1912
    Inscribed with foundry mark on base: Roma Bronze Works N-Y-

    The artist;
    Estate of the above;
    Peter D. Solomon, the artist's grandson, West Sacramento, California, by descent.

    P. Vitry, Paul Manship, Sculpteur Américain. Paris, 1927, p. 35, pl. 3, another example illustrated;
    E. Murtha, Paul Manship, New York, 1957, pp. 11, 150, no. 18, pl. 7, another example illustrated;
    T. Tolles, ed., .J.M. Marter in American Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1865 and 1885, Vol. 2, New York and New Haven, 2001, pp. 746-47, no. 374, another example illustrated.

    Paul Manship created Little Brother in 1912 during his three-year fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. The sculpture depicts a nude young woman seated on a low pedestal, holding an infant above her right shoulder so that she can look into his face. The subject matter is one of simple domesticity. This statuette, and several related groups, is significant in Manship's oeuvre for his introduction of stylized drapery and figural conventions from archaic Greek sculpture, elements that became a hallmark of his style throughout his career. (

    Condition Report*: Overall good condition. Scattered verdigris. Some rubbing to the patina on areas of high relief. Dust accumulation in the recesses. A very few pinpoint accretions, mostly white in color. Some scattered minor scratches to the surface. Bronze is slightly loose on the pedestal. Loss to the marble pedestal at front of proper left edge and to back edge. Hairline scratches to sides of marble pedestal.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2021
    7th Friday
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