Solon Borglum Bronze, ca. 1900
Appraised Value: $8,000 - $10,000 (1998)
$20,000 - $30,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (1:51)
Metalwork & Sculpture
Lillian Nassau, LLC
GUEST: We got it from my husband's aunt in Washington, D.C., probably the early 1950s.
APPRAISER: Uh-huh. And you tell me your husband liked it more than you did.
GUEST: That's right, we used to argue about whether it would go on the mantelpiece in the living room or a less conspicuous spot.
APPRAISER: Uh-huh. Well, you've really come in with a great piece of sculpture. This is by an American artist named Solon Borglum. He was a brother of Gutzon Borglum, who was the famous sculptor of Mount Rushmore. And he studied in Cincinnati at the Art Academy there, and he also studied in Paris with Emmanuel Fremiet, who was one of the leading sculptors of the time. He was very successful, he exhibited quite extensively. There were a lot of artists at this time who did Western subject matters. There was Proctor, Charles Marion Russell. And this was a wonderful piece called "The Blizzard." And what we see here is this cowboy huddled against his horse. You get this wonderful feeling for movement. And what's interesting about Borglum is he was actually out West. A lot of the other sculptors had studios in New York, and they really didn't have that first-hand experience of Western life. So it's really a quite wonderful piece. It's beautifully cast. The artist has signed it here. You can see "Solon Borglum" right here on the side. And this is overall green patina which I think is very, very attractive. And we actually had another version of this come up a few years ago, and it brought $8,000.
APPRAISER: I would give this an auction estimate of between $8,000 and $10,000.
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