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A bronze re­lief model for Paul Man­ship’s Ce­les­tial Sphere head­lines James D. Ju­lia’s Fe­bru­ary auc­tion

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A bronze re­lief model for Paul Man­ship’s Ce­les­tial Sphere head­lines James D. Ju­lia’s Fe­bru­ary auc­tion

Fe­bru­ary 7-9 James D. Ju­lia Auc­tion­eers 203 Skowhe­gan Road Fair­field, ME 04937 t: (207) 453-7125 www.james­d­ju­

Ce­les­tial Sphere, by Paul Man­ship, is one of the most rec­og­nized pub­lic sculp­tures in the world. The 12-foot piece, which was cre­ated to honor the found­ing fa­ther of the League of Na­tions, Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son, was in­stalled in 1939 at the Geneva, Switzer­land, head­quar­ters of what is now known as the United Na­tions. It fea­tures 85 sep­a­rately mod­eled con­stel­la­tions, while a smaller 5-foot ver­sion with 66 con­stel­la­tions was pro­duced for the Aero Me­mo­rial in Avi­a­tor Park in Philadel­phia and a 20inch ver­sion dated 1934 is on dis­play at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity’s Fogg Mu­seum. Dur­ing James D. Ju­lia’s Fe­bru­ary 7 to 9 Fine Art, Asian & An­tiques Auc­tion, a bronze re­lief model for the sculp­ture will cross the block for the very first time.the piece, de­pict­ing Sagittarius, is con­signed from the Man­ship fam­ily and is es­ti­mated at $500,000 to $700,000. Signed by both the artist and the foundry in bronze on the verso, the work is ac­com­pa­nied by a July 3, 1956, note from Man­ship that de­scribes the piece and its pur­pose.

“We are thrilled to of­fer this breath­tak­ing Paul Man­ship bronze to our cus­tomers on be­half of the Man­ship fam­ily. Its de­sign, full prove­nance and place in his­tory truly put it in a pro­found league of its own,” says Bill Gage, head of the auc­tion house’s fine art, asian and an­tiques de­part­ment. “the im­por­tance and pride of the sculp­tures were not lost on Paul’s nephew Will, who re­tained and cov­eted his sculp­ture and handed it down through the fam­ily over time.we are hon­ored that the fam­ily has de­cided to place the Sagittarius sculp­ture model into our trusted hands

for sale in our highly an­tic­i­pated Fe­bru­ary 2018 auc­tion.”

In all, the Fe­bru­ary sale will fea­ture ap­prox­i­mately 1,200 lots, around 300 of which are from the fine art seg­ment. There also will be 800 an­tique lots and 100 Asian art items. “the fine art cat­e­gory has a nice se­lec­tion of Rock­port Glouces­ter school artists in­clud­ing W. Lester Stevens, Al­dro T. Hib­bard, Emile Gruppe and more,” says Gage.

Sport­ing art also will be a stand­out in the sale, with three works by

Og­den M. Pleiss­ner com­ing to mar­ket. In­cluded is the wa­ter­color A Big

One Hooked, which de­picts a trio of fish­er­men in a boat at the edge of a river.the work has a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $125,000 to $175,000.A quail paint­ing by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, ti­tled Quail and Young, also is avail­able with an es­ti­mate of $20,000 to $40,000.

Other sale high­lights in­clude Mor­ris Graves’ War Mad­dened Bird Fol­low­ing St. Elmo’s Fire (est. $20/40,000); Hib­bard’s Mo­tif #1 (est. $7/9,000); Hay­ley

Lever’s Fish­ing Boats–sun Rise (est. $50/100,000); and An­thony Thieme’s Bright Light (est. $10/15,000).

Mor­ris Graves (1910-2001), War Mad­dened Bird Fol­low­ing St. Elmo’s Fire. Tem­pera on pa­per, 24½ x 59 in. Es­ti­mate: $20/40,000

Paul Man­ship (1885-1966), Sagittarius, bronze, 18½ x 19½ in. Es­ti­mate: $500/700,000

Og­den M. Pleiss­ner (1905-1983), A Big One Hooked. Wa­ter­color on pa­per, 17¾ x 27¾ in. Es­ti­mate: $125/175,000

Al­dro T. Hib­bard (1886-1972), Mo­tif #1. Oil on board, 9 x 12 in. Es­ti­mate $7/9,000

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