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    PAUL MANSHIP (American 1885-1966)
    Spring, 1949
    Partial gilt bronze with verdigris
    23-3/4 x 21 x 12 inches (60.3 x 53.3 x 30.5 cm)
    Inscribed on the cloud: Manship © 1949

    Edwin Murtha, Paul Manship, 1957, Macmillan, Co, NY, 1957, plate 96, cat. no. 508.

    Paul Manship was one of America's preeminent sculptors. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Manship worked primarily in New York where he established a successful career as a public sculptor. One of his most famous works is the Rockefeller Center Plaza "Prometheus," of gilded bronze. It is one of America's most televised images during the holiday season when the Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree is illuminated. Manship also created outdoor public sculpture for the Bronx Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, the old New York Coliseum (now torn down), and the Time and Fates Sundial and Moods of Time sculptures that were installed for the 1939 World's Fair in New York City.

    This work was originally recorded as a gilt sculpture. While this model is rare, versions of the same subject were created in 1934 and 1952. This example retains traces of its original gold finish. Because it was used as an outdoor sculpture, the surface has been weathered over time.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2007
    6th-7th Thursday-Friday
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