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Statue of Liberty Sculptor Bartholdi Signed & Presented
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Statue of Liberty Sculptor Bartholdi Signed & Presented Photo of One of His Sculptures in Colmar, France

A sepia-colored photograph of "Monument à la mémoire de Martin Schongauer," a sculptural grouping by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904), dedicated, inscribed, and signed by him along the bottom edge in French as "Hommage affectueux A. M: Charles Perkins / de son très dévoué F.A. Bartholdi / 1871." [trans: "Affectionate homage to Mr. Charles Perkins / from his very devoted F.A. Bartholdi / 1871." The photograph is laid down on a thin cardboard backing with dried adhesive residue recto indicating prior mounting. A tiny area of photo surface loss located to the right of the sculptural base. Expected wear including scuffs and wrinkles, else near fine. 9.125" x 14.375."

What is depicted in this photograph? A very young Bartholdi designed "Monument à la mémoire de Martin Schongauer" [trans: "Monument to the Memory of Martin Schongauer"] in 1857. Martin Schongauer (ca. 1450-1491) was a celebrated Alsatian Renaissance print maker and painter from Colmar, Bartholdi's hometown. Bartholdi's sculpture depicted Schongauer, a hooded figure, standing atop the pedestal of a Neo-Gothic style fountain (see photo for reference.) Surrounding the base were four allegorical figures representing different arts: painting, study, print-making, and goldsmithing. The sculpture was salon-exhibited in 1861, and installed in the cloister of the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, France between 1863-1958. While the standing figure of Schongauer is still at the Unterlinden Museum (restored there after 1991), the crouching allegorical figures are now displayed at the Bartholdi Museum in Colmar, France (see supporting provenance documentation for more information.)

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi is most associated with his design of the iconic Statue of Liberty, installed in 1886. Yet he studied painting, sculpture, and architecture under well-known instructors like Viollet-le-Duc from the 1850s. Following his service in the Franco-Prussian War, Bartholdi became increasingly interested in sculpting monumental works celebrating resistance against oppression, and Enlightenment ideals like Freedom. Bartholdi later conceived of the design of the “Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World." The fundraising phase of this process would take years, and indeed long surpass the actual 100th anniversary of the United States. Yet once it was erected, the massive 151-ft tall copper-clad sculpture of a standing woman would fundamentally change the New York cityscape.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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Statue of Liberty Sculptor Bartholdi Signed & Presented

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Statue of Liberty Sculptor Bartholdi Signed & Presented Photo of One of His Sculptures in Colmar, France

A sepia-colored photograph of "Monument à la mémoire de Martin Schongauer," a sculptural grouping by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904), dedicated, inscribed, and signed by him along the bottom edge in French as "Hommage affectueux A. M: Charles Perkins / de son très dévoué F.A. Bartholdi / 1871." [trans: "Affectionate homage to Mr. Charles Perkins / from his very devoted F.A. Bartholdi / 1871." The photograph is laid down on a thin cardboard backing with dried adhesive residue recto indicating prior mounting. A tiny area of photo surface loss located to the right of the sculptural base. Expected wear including scuffs and wrinkles, else near fine. 9.125" x 14.375."

What is depicted in this photograph? A very young Bartholdi designed "Monument à la mémoire de Martin Schongauer" [trans: "Monument to the Memory of Martin Schongauer"] in 1857. Martin Schongauer (ca. 1450-1491) was a celebrated Alsatian Renaissance print maker and painter from Colmar, Bartholdi's hometown. Bartholdi's sculpture depicted Schongauer, a hooded figure, standing atop the pedestal of a Neo-Gothic style fountain (see photo for reference.) Surrounding the base were four allegorical figures representing different arts: painting, study, print-making, and goldsmithing. The sculpture was salon-exhibited in 1861, and installed in the cloister of the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, France between 1863-1958. While the standing figure of Schongauer is still at the Unterlinden Museum (restored there after 1991), the crouching allegorical figures are now displayed at the Bartholdi Museum in Colmar, France (see supporting provenance documentation for more information.)

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi is most associated with his design of the iconic Statue of Liberty, installed in 1886. Yet he studied painting, sculpture, and architecture under well-known instructors like Viollet-le-Duc from the 1850s. Following his service in the Franco-Prussian War, Bartholdi became increasingly interested in sculpting monumental works celebrating resistance against oppression, and Enlightenment ideals like Freedom. Bartholdi later conceived of the design of the “Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World." The fundraising phase of this process would take years, and indeed long surpass the actual 100th anniversary of the United States. Yet once it was erected, the massive 151-ft tall copper-clad sculpture of a standing woman would fundamentally change the New York cityscape.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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