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Sculptor, b. 1830 - d. 1908

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      • Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (American, 1830-1908): A carved white marble figure of 'Puck' together with an unsigned companion pendant figure of 'Will o the Wisp' (third version)Circa 1864 (2)
        Jul. 12, 2023

        Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (American, 1830-1908): A carved white marble figure of 'Puck' together with an unsigned companion pendant figure of 'Will o the Wisp' (third version)Circa 1864 (2)

        Est: £20,000 - £30,000

        Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (American, 1830-1908): A carved white marble figure of 'Puck' together with an unsigned companion pendant figure of 'Will o the Wisp' (third version) Circa 1864 The figure of Puck seated on a toadstool, with scallop shell headdress and bats-wings, holding a stag beetle in his right hand, his left hand resting on a lizard, on oak leaf square plinth base, titled to the front and signed to the rear H. Hosmer Fecit Roma, the figure of Will o the Wisp with flaming curling hair and bats-wings seated on an acanthus leaf rusticated pedestal and titled square plinth base, the toe of the former now lacking and the finger to the latter detached but present 81.5cm and 78cm high respectively (2)

        Bonhams
      • Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue (1830-1908) Autograph Letter Signed, Watertown, MA, 24 August [no year, circa 1860].
        Jun. 02, 2022

        Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue (1830-1908) Autograph Letter Signed, Watertown, MA, 24 August [no year, circa 1860].

        Est: $300 - $500

        Hosmer, Harriet Goodhue (1830-1908) Autograph Letter Signed, Watertown, MA, 24 August [no year, circa 1860]. Wove bifolium inscribed over three pages to friend and author Mrs. Lydia Maria Child (1802-1880), regarding Child's written accounts of Hosmer's celebrated sculpture, Zenobia, and her monumental sculpture of Thomas Hart Benton, and her plans to travel to St. Louis in the near future; 9 3/4 x 8 in. when unfolded. [Together with] a brief note signed by Hosmer in 1895 on stationery from The Ledge, Bar Harbor, Maine. (2) Living a life that seems barely possible for her time, Hosmer began in Watertown, Massachusetts under daunting circumstances. Her mother died when Hosmer was six, she lost her two little brothers in 1834 & 1835, and her older sister died when Harriet was only twelve. All of this loss seems to have encouraged her father, a physician, to raise his only remaining child to survive. Hosmer was encouraged to row, ride horses, ice skate, and draw. She traveled alone in the wilderness of the western United States, and visited the Dakota Indians. Women were not allowed to attend medical classes, but she impressed family friend Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell of the Missouri Medical College, who invited her to study human anatomy. Hosmer mentions two of her most famous sculptures in this letter, Zenobia, and the ten-foot bronze of Thomas Hart Benton made for Lafayette Park in St. Louis, MO. In addition to championing Hosmer's work in print, Child was also active in transcendentalist and abolitionist circles, a supporter of women's rights, and a Native American rights activist, who opposed American expansionism. In a letter written to Hosmer on 16 September 1860, perhaps in response to Hosmer's letter here, Child wrote, "I hope you won't get into a fight with any of your rivals and settle the question with Bowie knives and revolvers, Missouri fashion. I can send you a Bowie knife bearing the motto, 'Death to Abolitionists,' if you want it, but Bowie knives won't kill us. God bless you, dear little Ruffian!"

        Swann Auction Galleries
      • HARRIET GOODHUE HOSMER (MA/ITALY, 1830-1908)
        Aug. 25, 2019

        HARRIET GOODHUE HOSMER (MA/ITALY, 1830-1908)

        Est: $10,000 - $15,000

        HARRIET GOODHUE HOSMER (MA/ITALY, 1830-1908) 19th c. Pair of Italian Putti, white marble, signed H Hosmer, Fecit Romae, depicting putti standing atop half round spheres holding shields, above octagonal bases, 20 1/4" high, 8" x 6". Good condition.

        Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
      • HARRIET GOODHUE HOSMER | The Sleeping Faun
        Jul. 11, 2018

        HARRIET GOODHUE HOSMER | The Sleeping Faun

        Est: £25,000 - £35,000

        white marble, on a mottled white marble base

        Sotheby's
      • Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (American, 1830-1908): A carved white marble figure of 'Will O'The Wisp'
        Apr. 25, 2018

        Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (American, 1830-1908): A carved white marble figure of 'Will O'The Wisp'

        Est: £20,000 - £30,000

        Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (American, 1830-1908): A carved white marble figure of 'Will O'The Wisp'

        Bonhams
      • Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (American, 1830-1908)
        Sep. 24, 2017

        Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (American, 1830-1908)

        Est: $10,000 - $15,000

        Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (American, 1830-1908), Marble Bust of a Lady, marble sculpture. Size: 19.75'' x 15.75'' x 8.5'' (50 x 40 x 22 cm). Provenance: The Estate of Alexander Raydon, NY.

        Material Culture
      • HARRIET HOSMER (AMERICAN 1830-1908) PUCK ON A TOADSTOOL, CIRCA 1856 79cm high; pedestal 93cm high
        Jan. 14, 2015

        HARRIET HOSMER (AMERICAN 1830-1908) PUCK ON A TOADSTOOL, CIRCA 1856 79cm high; pedestal 93cm high

        Est: £10,000 - £15,000

        HARRIET HOSMER (AMERICAN 1830-1908) PUCK ON A TOADSTOOL, CIRCA 1856 white marble, signed 'HARRIET HOSMER FECIT ROMAE'; on a scagliola Sienna marble square plinth 79cm high; pedestal 93cm high

        Lyon & Turnbull
      • Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1830-1908)
        Dec. 04, 2008

        Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1830-1908)

        Est: $50,000 - $70,000

        Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1830-1908) Daphne signed 'HARRIET HOSMER/FECIT ROMA' (on the reverse) marble 28½ in. (72.4 cm.) high

        Christie's
      • Harriet Goodhue Hosmer American, 1830-1908 , Zenobia in chains marble
        Nov. 13, 2007

        Harriet Goodhue Hosmer American, 1830-1908 , Zenobia in chains marble

        Est: £180,000 - £250,000

        signed: Harriet Hosmer me sculpsit romae marble

        Sotheby's
      • Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1830-1908)
        Nov. 30, 2006

        Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1830-1908)

        Est: $50,000 - $70,000

        The Sleeping Faun signed 'HARRIET HOSMER FECIT ROMAE' and inscribed with title 'THE SLEEPING FAUN' (along the base) marble 29 1/2 in. (75 cm.) high

        Christie's
      • Harriet Goodhue Hosmer a marble figure of Puck
        Nov. 09, 2001

        Harriet Goodhue Hosmer a marble figure of Puck

        Est: $2,500 - $4,000

        Harriet Goodhue Hosmer a marble figure of Puck (1830-1908) signed HARRIET HOSMER FECIT ROMA. Restorations and losses. height 31 in. (78.7cm.)

        Sotheby's
      • HARRIET GOODHUE HOSMER (1830-1908)
        Nov. 30, 1990

        HARRIET GOODHUE HOSMER (1830-1908)

        Est: $50,000 - $70,000

        "PUCK ON A TOADSTOOL" AND "PUCK AND THE OWL", PENDANT WHITE MARBLE FIGURES OF FAIRIES each signed " HARRIET HOSMER FECIT ROME " 30 1/2 in. (77.5 cm.) and 33 in. (83.8 cm.) high, each on original four- part marble column EXHIBITED New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, " Nineteenth Century America: Paintings and Sculpture, " 1979 (ex catalogue) LITERATURE W. Gerdts, " American Neo-Classic Sculpture, " New York, 1973, pp. 136-137, figs. 166-167 J.L. Curran, editor, " Hosmeriana: A Guide to Works by and About Harriet G. Hosmer, " Watertown, MA, 1975 W. Craven, " Sculpture in America, " New York, 1984, pp. 328-328, fig. 9.10 J.S. Ramirez, "Harriet Goodhue Hosmer", " American Figurative Sculpture in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, " Boston, 1986, p. 160 Conceived circa 1856, " Puck on a Toadstool " was one of Hosmer's first commercial successes. Approximately fifty examples at a cost of $1000 each are recorded. So successful was the model that, a few years later, Hosmer conceived the pendant figures of " Will o" the Wisp and Puck and the Owl. " She reworked this second carving several times, varying the pose of the fairy's arms and legs, the base on which he sits and other details. Examples of " Puck on a Toadstool and Puck and the Owl " similar to the present carvings are in the collection of The Chrysler Museum (The Ricau Collection), Norfolk, Va. and of the National Museum of American Art. Washington, D.C.

        Christie's
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