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PROPERTY FROM A PROMINENT EAST COAST COLLECTION

Fernando Botero
DOG
Estimate
200,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 275,000 USD
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492

PROPERTY FROM A PROMINENT EAST COAST COLLECTION

Fernando Botero
DOG
Estimate
200,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 275,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Fernando Botero
B. 1932
DOG
incised with the artist's signature and number 4/6 on the proper left hind leg
bronze
27 by 25 1/2 by 16 in. 68.6 by 64.8 by 40.6 cm.
Executed in 1981, this work is number 4 from an edition of 6.
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Provenance

Private Collection, New York
Christie's, New York, 23 November 1993, Lot 53
Irving Galleries, Palm Beach
Private Collection, Florida (acquired from the above)
Sotheby's, New York, 25 November 2014, Lot 148
Private Collection, Texas (acquired from the above sale) 
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

Exh. Cat., New York, Marlborough Gallery, Fernando Botero, Recent Sculpture, 1982, no. 19, illustrated
Edward Sullivan, Botero Sculpture, New York 1986, p. 128, illustrated in color

Catalogue Note

"The 1981 standing Dog has a very different personality. Erect and at attention, he reminds us of those fierce temple dogs of the Far East who stand guard at the entrances to sacred precincts. His mouth is slightly open, baring his teeth, and his short, pointed ears stand straight up to hear all sounds. There is a close parallel between this dog and the pre-Columbian animal (especially dog) sculpture by the Indians of the Colima region of western Mexico, especially from the first century B.C. to the first century A.D...The many polychromed terra-cotta sculptures of dogs that have been found there were meant to be buried with the dead. Archaeologists believe that they represented...Faithful companions in the next world...They are, to modern eyes, ingenuous and charming. Their forms are often rounded, and they look well fed⁠—like prehistoric Boteros."

Edward Sullivan, Botero Sculpture, New York 1986, p. 129

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