Lot 36
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Paul Manship 1885 - 1966

300,000 - 500,000 USD
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  • Paul Manship
  • Indian Hunter and His Dog
  • inscribed Paul Manship © 1926 and Alexis Rudier Fondeur Paris on the base
  • bronze
  • height: 21 inches (53.4 cm);
  • length: 24 inches (61 cm)


Margaret Davis Cochran, Concord, Massachusetts, circa 1926
By descent to the present owners


Paul Vitry, Paul Manship, Sculpteur Américain, Paris, France, 1927, p. 46, illustration of another example pl. 38
Edwin Murtha, Paul Manship, New York, 1957, pp. 169, 171, illustration of another example pl. 32
Albert TenEyck Gardner, American Sculpture, A Catalogue of the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1965, p. 153, illustration of another example
Paul Howard Manship, An Intimate View, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1972, p. 55, illustration of another example p. 53
Patricia J. Broder, Bronzes of the American West, New York, 1974, pp. 285, 287, illustration of another example pp. 284, 285
John Manship, Paul Manship, Changing Taste in America, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1985, pp. 133-34, illustration of another example p. 132
Janis Conner and Joel Rosenkranz, Rediscoveries in American Sculpture, Studio Works, 1893-1939, Austin, Texas, 1989, pp. 136, 138, 142
John Manship, Paul Manship, New York, 1989, pp. 116-18, illustration of another example p. 113
Harry Rand, Paul Manship, Washington D.C., 1989, pp. 87-9, illustration of another example
Thayer Tolles, ed., American Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Volume 2. A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1865 and 1885, New York, 2001, p. 765, illustration of another example p. 766
Carol Kino, "Esteem for the Art of the American West," The New York Times, October 25, 2013, illustration of another example


This work is in very good condition. The arrows were recently cast from the original bronze modello owned by The Manship Estate. The Estate, working with a local foundry, reproduced the arrow tips for restoration which were then installed on the figure.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

Catalogue Note

Recognized as an emerging talent at the age of 23, Paul Manship was awarded a three year fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 1909. While there, he developed an appreciation for Archaic Greek art, defined by its naturalistic style, which reflected influences from Egypt and India. Drawing on this tradition, Manship translated the Greek aesthetic into a unique vision that bridged the gap between the traditional and modern. The artist's primary concern lay in the purity of form, where each element was considered and perfected to achieve a manifestation that was distinctly naturalistic, yet simplified and contemporary.

Manship noted that 12 bronze replicas of Indian Hunter and His Dog were made. According to Janis Conner and Joel Rosenkranz Indian Hunter and His Dog "was one of the sculptor's most popular and widely recognized sculptures. It is also one of the few that is not based on mythology but rather takes its inspiration in part from Manship's recollections of his childhood in Minnesota. Indian Hunter and His Dog is a fluid, subtly naturalistic work whose sophisticated triangular composition has much in common with the Diana and Actaeon groups" (Rediscoveries in American Sculpture: Studio Works, 1893-1939, Austin, Texas, 1989, p. 138).

The present work was originally owned by Margaret Davis Cochran, the sister of Thomas Cochran, Jr. who, in 1926, commissioned Manship to install a life-size version of Indian Hunter and His Dog at Cochran Memorial Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The sculpture was eventually removed from this site in 1967 and installed outside the Como Park Conservatory in Saint Paul. For a period, a fiberglass facsimile stood at the center of the fountain in Cochran Park, but the full scale version was recently returned to the site. In 1929, Thomas Cochran Jr. gave a 21 inch version of Indian Hunter and His Dog to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

The present work is believed to be one of the last 21 inch versions remaining in private hands. Other casts are in the collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts; Century Association, New York; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Minnesota Museum of American Art, Saint Paul, Minnesota; and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C..