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Premier Auction - Session II - March 25, 2023

Sat, Mar 25, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 995

Randolph John Rogers Marble Sculpture, Pedestal

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000

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$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

(American, 1825-1892)

Ruth Gleaning, 1860, signed on separate marble slab "Randolph Rogers Rome 1860", marble, 34 x 20 x 18 in., with an oak pedestal, 32 x 23-1/2 x 20 in.

Literature: A. McFarland, The Escape, or Loiterings Amid the Scenes of Story and Song, Boston, Massachusetts, 1851, pp. 185-86, another example listed.

M.F. Rogers, Jr., Randolph Rogers: American Sculptor in Rome, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1971, pp. 15-19, 197-99, another example listed.

W.H. Gerdts, American Neo-Classic Sculpture: The Marble Resurrection, New York, 1973, p. 69, another example listed.

T. Tolles, ed., ,American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Volume I. A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born before 1865, New York, 1999, pp. 115-117, another example illustrated.

Note: The biblical story of Ruth was a popular subject widely reproduced by sculptors of the nineteenth century. Randolph Rogers' Ruth Gleaning was no exception, earning recognition among American and European collectors alike and yielding Rogers as a promising young artist among the canon of classical sculptors. In the period that followed and until the artist's death in 1892, approximately fifty replicas of Ruth Gleaning were recorded in two different sizes. According to T. Tolles, the artist's ledger kept from 1867 to 1891 documents ten life size marbles which stand at 45 ¾ inches high, and twenty-one reductions which are 35 ½ inches high, all produced during the period.

Reductions similar to the present lot exist in the following public collections: Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany, New York; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California; Museums at Stony Brook, New York; and Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio.


restorations to proper left hand fingers and wrist, large chip in base mostly to underside, chips to slab, slight imbedded grime; pedestal with wear

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Neal Auction Company, November 21, 2009, lot 377, sold for $29,875; John W. Stark House, Springfield, Tennessee