Lot 39: FREDERIC REMINGTON, (AMERICAN 1861-1909)"THE BRONCHO BUSTER"
December 4, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
"THE BRONCHO BUSTER"
Signed ''Copyright by Frederic Remington'' on base; also with ''Roman Bronze Works N.Y.'' foundry mark; also inscribed ''N 128'' under base, bronze with brown patina (some damage to whip)
Height: 22 in. (55.9cm)
Private Collection, New York.
Michael Edward Shapiro, Peter H. Hassrick et al., Frederic Remington: The Masterworks, New York: Harry N. Abrams for the Saint Louis Art Museum and Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 1988, p. 172, pls. 47-48 (another cast illustrated).
One of the most recognizable sculptures by Remington, "The Broncho Buster" was executed in 1895 and copyrighted later that year. At this time Remington had just begun to break away from two dimensional works and turn to sculpture, and the present bronze portrays a rugged, Western frontier character in a dynamic pose, the bronco rearing and the cowboy hanging on fiercely to both reins and mane.
Remington famously presented another cast of the present work to President Theodore Roosevelt, who organized the "Rough Riders" in 1898. The first voluntary cavalry in the Spanish-American War, they were comprised of cowboys, miners, law enforcement officers and Native Americans. The Rough Riders participated in various battles during this war, and are best remembered for their charge up San Juan Hill in July, 1898. "The Broncho Buster" is notable and related to those who fought with the Rough Riders who bravely rode horses and defended America under Roosevelt.
In excellent overall condition; a fine cast with detailed modeling and no visible restoration. As noted in the auction catalogue and on the website, there is some damage to the whip held by the rider. Specifically, there is a break (certainly reparable) in the whip beneath the handle, so that the entire whip is not fully attached. In the catalogue and online photograph, a portion of the thin whip cord is balanced on the whip handle. The portion of the whip handle, and the area just beneath the whip handle that fits in the rider's right hand measures less than 3 inches in length. The whip handle/portion of the whip beneath the handle requires adhering to the thin whip cord.
Dimensions: H 22 x W 10 x D 18 1/4 in.
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