Archive for the 'Sculpture' Category

02
Apr
18

Popular Sculptures to Learn More About

When you visit an auction house, you see a wide array of art available. Sculptures are a very popular form of art. Learning more about some of the most popular sculptures in history gives you a chance to see what is out there and learn about the different styles.

Bronze David

"David" bronze by Donatello

“David” bronze by Donatello

If you know a little about sculpture, you know that this work of art is one of the most popular sculptures in modern society. However, this masterpiece created by Donatello was made in the 1440s. The Renaissance period piece is freestanding, and it was the first of its kind when the artist created it. It features a nude male, David, sporting an enigmatic smile.

Savannah Bird Girl Statue

Sylvia Shaw Judson is the sculptress who created this work of art in 1936. The Lake Forest, Illinois artist’s work was featured on the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil novel cover in 1994 and that is largely responsible for its fame. The actual sculpture is approximately 50 inches tall and it is of a young girl who has a contemplative or sad expression.

The Discus Thrower

"The Discus Thrower" Greek statue

“The Discus Thrower” Greek statue

If you are familiar with Greek history and art, you have surely seen this sculpture before. It was created when the severe period was ending somewhere between 460 to 450 BC. There are a number of Roman copies floating around, but the original is thought to have been done in bronze. Many of the copies use other materials like marble.

The Kiss

"The Kiss" by Auguste Rodin

“The Kiss” by Auguste Rodin

Auguste Rodin is a French sculptor who is responsible for this piece of art. It was made in 1889 and the original material used was marble. It shows a woman of the 13th century who falls in love with the little brother of her husband. If you are familiar with Dante’s Inferno, you may know a little bit about this sculpture. The two are going in for a kiss, but their lips never meet. While purely suggestive, many people who have analyzed the piece believe that the noblewoman’s husband caught them and the two lovers met their demise before they were able to be together.

Lady Justice

This sculpture is a major figure in the American criminal justice system. It is not associated with a single artist and it is used to show fairness and justice throughout the world. It goes back to the ancient Roman and Greek times where many people looked to a Goddess of law and justice.

As you can see, there are many sculptures to learn more about. As you learn more about this art form, you will be able to better identify sculptures when you are at an auction house.

09
Feb
15

Going, Going…Gone? No!

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07
Dec
12

Snapshots from the Sale: Modern Furniture and Decorations

20th Century Modern Design Specialist Greg Favors:
“Many in the art world consider Mavis McClure to be one of the most talented figurative artists of the decade.  She is also self taught which I admire.  These would work great in a garden, living room or foyer.  I look at the pair as one piece and I believe this was also the intention of the artist.  But if you wanted to break them up or display the statue as pieces that might also be interesting.”  Lot 3444, $8,000-10,000.

Ceramic Figures of a Man and a Woman

Ceramic Figures of a Man and a Woman

Ceramic Figures of a Man and a Woman

Ceramic Figures of a Man and a Woman

Fine and Modern Furniture and Decorations and Fine Jewelry
Auction: Friday, December 7, 2012
Previews: November 30 through December 2

17
Sep
12

Please School Me on McClure

My name is Laura and I’m a writer here at Michaan’s Auctions.  I am fortunate to be able to see beautiful works of art on a daily basis when I come to work.  My appreciation runs deep, however my knowledge does not.  Some key phrases from me as I gaze upon works of art:

“Oh, that’s pretty.”

“How interesting.”

Mavis McClure sculpture heads and torsos

Mavis McClure sculpture heads and torsos

“That would look great in a kitchen.”

Alas, some art works require a bit more explanation.  I’d seen these body parts wandering around Michaan’s for about a week now.  First they were laying on the ground.  Then I saw some torsos and legs being photographed.  I decided to investigate.  I needed to talk to my friend Greg Favors, also known as Michaan’s Auctions 20th Century Modern Design Specialist.

“Greg, what’s up with these?  Where are the heads?”

“Look over there Laura.”

“Oh.  Why is this made in pieces like this?”

“The whole piece is quite large, too large for a kiln.  So, it must be fired in separate pieces and assembled afterward.”

“I see.  Can you tell me about the artist?”

Mavis McClure legs sculpture

Mavis McClure legs sculpture

“Mavis McClure has a signature style that I recognized when I saw these sculptures. She is known for her larger-than-life figures with exaggerated hands and feet.  I knew my hunch was right when I saw her first name stamped on the bottom of a foot of the statue.  Many in the art world consider her to be one of the most talented modern figurative artists of the decade.  She is also self taught which I admire.  I was really lucky to find these.”

“How would you use these in a living space?”

“They would work in a garden, living room or foyer.  I look at the pair as one piece and I believe this was also the intention of the artist.  But if you wanted to break them up or display the statue as pieces that might also be interesting.”

“The weirdo in me says display them in pieces.  When will these be up for auction?”

“In the fine auction on December the 7th.  We have both of the statues estimated at $8,000-10,000.”

“Thanks Greg.”

“No problem.”




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