Lot 443: James Lippett Clark (American, 1883-1969), African Cape Buffalo
December 2, 2016
Hillsborough, NC, USALive Auction
bronze with brown applied patina, signed and dated in the base Jas. L. Clark. / 1913, with foundry mark Roman Bronze Works Inc.
25 3/8 x 32 x 15.5 in.
James L. Clark initially trained at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Gorham Silver Company. In 1902 he joined the staff of the American Museum of Natural History, there learning the art of taxidermy from the innovative Carl Akeley. Traveling worldwide in search of specimens as early as 1908, Clark was exposed to all forms of exotic wildlife first-hand. Realistic sculptures such as the African Cape Buffalo were the result of Clark's extensive field and studio experience. Casts of this work reside in the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming and in the Explorers Club, New York City. In 1917 the African Big Game Club of America presented an African Cape Buffalo bronze to the Nairobi Club of Kenya in honor of Captain Frederick Courtney Selous, a friend of fellow outdoorsman Theodore Roosevelt.
Examples of this work entering the market are typically much smaller copies, however another extremely rare, full-size African Cape Buffalo was sold by Christies in 2007.
See Christie's Sporting And Wildlife Art Including The Collection Of Doug And Ellen Miller, November 28, 2007, sale 1910, lot 139.
From the Collection of Mr. Guy Coheleach
J. N. Bartfield Galleries, New York, NY
The Estate of Mr. George Brumley III, Chapel Hill, NC
From the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Carr, Durham, NC
Condition Report: No apparent condition concerns.