AUGUSTUS SAINT-GAUDENS | HEAD OF VICTORY
1848 - 1907
HEAD OF VICTORY
inscribed NIKH-EIPHNH (along the base); also inscribed A·ST.GAUDENS·ASPET·MCMIV· and stamped GORHAM CO. FOUNDERS (beneath the neck)
bronze with reddish-brown patina
height: 8 inches (20.3 cm) on a 5 inch (12.7 cm) marble base
We are grateful to Dr. Henry Duffy for his assistance cataloguing this lot.
The bronze head is affixed to the base at an angle slightly off center. There is minor rubbing to the high points of the figure’s crown and traces of verdigris in the crevasses of the hair.
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.
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Stuart Preston, New York (gift from the above)
Gift to the present owner from the above
Lewis C. Hind, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, New York, 1908, n.p.
Homer Saint-Gaudens, ed., The Reminiscences of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, New York, 1913, vol. II, pp. 290-91
Buckner Hollingsworth, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, New York, 1948, p. 50, another example illustrated
Albert T.E. Gardner, American Sculpture, New York, 1965, pp. 54-55
John H. Dryfhout, The Work of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Hanover, New Hampshire 1982, no. 185, pp. 257, 258, other examples illustrated
Kathryn Greenthal, Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master Sculptor, Boston, Massachusetts, 1985, p. 175, another example illustrated p. 32
John H. Dryfhout, Henry Duffy, Gregory C. Schwarz et al., Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1848-1907: A Master of American Sculpture, Boston, Massachusetts, 1999, no. 36, p. 138, another example illustrated
Thayer Tolles, ed., American Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1999, no. 137, pp. 321-22, another example illustrated
Thayer Tolles, "Augustus Saint-Gaudens in The Metropolitan Museum of Art," The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Spring 2009, fig. 63, p. 53, another example illustrated