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Premier Auctions | Session II

Fri, Dec 4, 2020 09:00AM EST
Lot 368

Frederic Sackrider Remington

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000
(New York, 1861-1909)Sergeant, 1904, No. "6" inscribed underneath, signed "Frederic Remington/Copyrighted 1904", inscribed "Roman Bronze Works", lifetime cast, bronze with verdigris to black patina, 10-3/8 in. - Note: According to family history, Frederic Remington was in Santiago, Cuba during the Battle of San Juan Hill. The consignor's grandmother's brother, Edward Frederick Burke (Baltimore, Maryland/Orange, New Jersey, 1872-1915), who was one of the Rough Riders, was also there at the time. He showed a photograph of his sister, Mabel Burke, to Remington who remarked that she was was very beautiful. He stated that when he returned to New York he would like to meet her. When he returned she visited his studio. He wrote her a letter after their meeting that held an implication that he may have had her model for him. The letter, which accompanies the lot, states,"My dear Miss Burke:The photo is fine - it/comes as near doing justice to the original as any picture could/hope to do. It makes most/of our other pretty-girl pictures/look sour around the mouth,/but we are going to put you right up in the middle of them/and if they can't stand it they/must turn to the wall.Thanking you, I am your most devoted admirerFrederic Remington"He sent her the bronze as a gift. - Provenance: Gift of Frederic Remington to Mabel Burke Walker (Mrs. John Yates Gholson Walker, 1876-1912), Orange, Essex County, New Jersey; to eldest sister, Elizabeth Walker Stoddard (1908-1986,), Dunlap, California/Orange, New Jersey; by descent in family


a fine, early cast with excellent patina, little to no rubbing; letter with toning; library with wear, some missing dustcovers, dustcovers with tears