September 30, 07:48 PM GMT
8,000 - 12,000 USD
FELIX GEORGE WEIHS DE WELDON
1907 - 2007
BUST OF JOHN F. KENNEDY
inscribed Weldon SC and 1963, (on the reverse)
bronze with green patina
height: 17 inches (43.2 cm) on a 52 inch (132.1 cm) marble base
Modeled in 1963, cast in 1968.
Private collection (by descent; sold: Sotheby's, New York, June 21-22, 2005, lot 331)
Acquired by the present owner at the above sale
New York, Babcock Galleries, The American Hand: Sculpture from Three Centuries, February - March 2012, no. 9, pp. 3, 18, illustrated
This portrait bust of President John F. Kennedy was cast by the artist in 1968 from the original plaster model of the bronze bust, which sits in the John F. Kennedy Library on Columbia Point in Massachusetts. Felix de Weldon was commissioned by Mrs. Kennedy in 1963 to create the official portrait bust of the President for which he posed twice before his tragic death in November of that year. The work was completed in the artist's studio with Mrs. Kennedy visiting several times to see the progress of the project. The dark green marble pedestal is similar to the one on which the official sculpture rests, as is the inscription plate that includes a quotation from President Kennedy. The lot is sold together with a large box of John F. Kennedy memorabilia, including vintage photographs, letters, newspapers and news clippings, magazine articles, book jackets, as well as commemorative coins and stamps.