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    Solon Borglum Bronze, ca. 1900

    Appraised Value:

    $8,000 - $10,000 (1998)

    Updated Value:

    $20,000 - $30,000 (2013)

    Appraised on: August 28, 1998

    Appraised in: Richmond, Virginia

    Appraised by: Eric Silver

    Category: Metalwork & Sculpture

    Episode Info: Richmond (#1727)
    Richmond (#301)

    Originally Aired: January 18, 1999

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    Form: Sculpture
    Material: Bronze
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $8,000 - $10,000 (1998)
    Updated Value: $20,000 - $30,000 (2013)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:51)


    Appraised By:

    Eric Silver
    Metalwork & Sculpture
    Lillian Nassau, LLC

    Appraisal Transcript:
    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.

    GUEST: Ah.

    APPRAISER: I would give this an auction estimate of between $8,000 and $10,000.

    GUEST: Great.

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