The Austrian Carl Kauba was fascinated with the American mid-West, even though he never visited the country during his career. For some examples of his figures of Native Americans, see H. Berman, Bronzes, Sculptors & Founders, 1800-1930, vol. III, Chicago, 1977, nos. 2742-2753.
Overall, the condition of the bronze is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The bronze is cast in sections, and a joint is visible at the top of the rock cliff. The horse's reins are slightly warped, in particular the proper left rein. The sword is slightly loose. There is wear to the patina to the straps of the sword and the horse's reins. There is an area of minor pitting to the cliff at the front just above the signature. The marble base is in good condition overall, with some minor chips to the edges and corners. "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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."