Property of a Lady
FREDERICK WILLIAM MACMONNIES
1863 - 1937
PAN OF ROHALLION
inscribed Frederick MacMonnies / Copyright 1894 Paris 1890. / H. Rouard. Fondeur (on the reverse)
bronze with brown patina
height: 30 inches (76.2 cm)
The above piece is in overall good to very good condition in both appearance and structural stability. The brown patina presents as healthy and even with only slight areas of verdigris within the hair, sash, and at the lettering on the base of the sculpture. There is currently a protective coating on the surface, likely wax, which appears to be holding up nicely.
The two clarion have recently been reattached within the mouth and hands of the figure, but these should be noted as replacements and not original to the piece as they have been signed presumably by the restorer "Boris." While the clarion are well fabricated, they contain details such as finger holes that are not present on the original clarion and not in keeping with the artist's original form. This work is plumbed to be a working fountain and the piping appears healthy as confirmed with a compressed air test.
This report was prepared by Tatti Art Conservation Inc., New York.
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Eric Silver Works of Art, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1991
Janis Conner and Joel Rosenkranz, Rediscoveries in American Sculpture: Studio Works 1893-1939, Houston, Texas, 1989, p. 126
E. Adina Gordon, The Sculpture of Frederick William MacMonnies: A Critical Catalogue, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1998, p. 121
Glenn P. Opitz, Dictionary of American Sculptors: 18th Century to the Present, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1894, another example illustrated p. 575
Mary Smart and E. Adina Gordon, A Flight with Fame: The Life and Art of Frederick MacMonnies, Madison, Connecticut, 1996, another example illustrated pp. 92, 288
Pan of Rohallion, the first of a series of fountain figures sculpted by Frederick MacMonnies in the 1890s, was originally designed for the estate of Howard Adams in Seabright, New Jersey. One of the artist's most successful models, it was edited by both French and American foundries in several sizes.