Zuniga, Francisco – Costa Rican/Mexican artist

Francisco Zuniga (Costa Rican/Mexican, 1912 to 1998)

Francisco Zuniga was born in Costa Rica, where he began his career as a craftsman in his father’s workshop, which made religious images. It was in Mexico, however, during the great artistic movement, that he began to develop the ideas that would permeate his work for the rest of his life. Zuniga once said, “All art that is valid answers first to its regional characteristics and the [...] Click here to continue reading.

Weinman, Adolph Alexander – German/American Sculptor

Adolph Alexander Weinman (German, American, 1870 to 1952)

Adolph Alexander Weinman emigrated from Germany to the United States as a child. He studied in New York at Cooper Union and the Art Students League and under sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Philip Martiny. He later assisted Charles Niehaus, Olin Warner and Daniel Chester French. Both an architectural sculptor and a medalist, he is celebrated as the designer of the “Walking Liberty” fifty-cent piece and the [...] Click here to continue reading.

Warren, Masood Ali Wilbert – African American Artist & Sculptor

Masood Ali Wilbert Warren (1905 – 1995)

Afro-American painter and sculptor Masood Ali Warren attended classes at the Art Students League in New York during the early Thirties. A participant in the WPA artists program, he later obtained Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees from NYU (1939) and Temple University (1961), respectively. Examples of his work have been exhibited at the National Academy of Design, American Watercolor Society, and National Arts Club. [...] Click here to continue reading.

Susse Freres Foundry – Paris, France

Susse Freres Foundry

Tracing its origins to 1758, the Paris foundry of Susse Brothers is most well known to collectors for their production of fine art bronze sculptures in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Their catalogue represented the work of many leading artists of the time, including Yevgeny Lanceray, Pierre Jules Mene and Mathurin Moreau. The firm continued its art casting work into the 1990′s and may continue in operation today. Their work was [...] Click here to continue reading.

Stillman, Eleanor – American Artist & Sculptor

Eleanor Stillman

Eleanor Stillman was born in 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio and received her early education in the Shaker Heights school system. She also attended the Cleveland School of Art (now the Cleveland Institute of Art) where she studied sculpture with Edris Eckhardt and Walter Sinz, both well-known American sculptors. Ms. Stillman received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949 at Bennington College, where she furthered her studies in art and trained under the [...] Click here to continue reading.

Spampinato, Clemente -Italian/American Sculptor

Clemente Spampinato (born 1912)

Clemente Spampinato was born in Calabria, Italy and began his career in sculpture by depicting athletes, most notably Olympian subjects. Upon moving to New York in 1947, he developed a keen interest in Western subjects, which are often portrayed in dynamic motion.

Information courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions Inc., March 2007

Rogers, John – American Sculptor – Plaster

John Rogers (1829-1904)

John Rogers was born in Salem, Massachusetts, but spent his early life in many places in New England and the Midwest, including Cincinnati. Rogers created plaster figural groups from 1859 to 1892 on the subjects of everyday life, the theatre, Shakespeare, the Civil War and horses. He created about 80 of these humorous genre images and purportedly over 80,000 casts were made. At a time when it was in vogue [...] Click here to continue reading.

Rickey, George Warren – American Sculptor – Modern

George Warren Rickey (1907 to 2002)

George Rickey was born in South Bend, Indiana, and as a child moved to Scotland with his family. He returned to America in 1930, where he taught at The Groton School in Massachusetts and at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. After studying engineering while serving in the Army, Rickey began to work in sculpture.

Like Alexander Calder, Rickey created kinetic sculpture; movable works of art. Rickey’s graceful structures [...] Click here to continue reading.

Remington, Frederic Sackrider – American Artist, Sculpture & Writer

Frederic Sackrider Remington, Artist of the American West (1861-1909)

Sculptor, artist, and adventure writer Frederic Remington, was born in Canton, New York in 1861. Remington is famous for his realistic and exciting paintings and bronze sculptures of the American West. He first became fascinated by the West after he left home as a young man. Like many young men, he headed out West to find an exciting career and a new life, but he [...] Click here to continue reading.

Ralph Raby Collection – Provenance

The Ralph Raby Collection

Ralph Raby is a direct descendant of the Chicago retail shoe magnates George and Joseph Bullock. The Bullocks were typical upper-class Victorians, with a sophisticated eye for fine furniture, art and decorations who traveled extensively throughout Europe. The majority of the Raby collection was assembled by the brothers and their wives in the 1870′s and 1880′s.

Their travels and philosophy were described by Mr. Raby for a 1984 Chicago Tribune [...] Click here to continue reading.

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