Anna Hyatt Huntington Bear Sculpture, ca. 1920
Where did you get this absolutely charming little group?
From my family. That's about all I know about it except it's an Anna Hyatt.
And who in your family got it?
Well, probably my father. We broke up his house in 1983. I thought it would be a nice memento from home, and I kept it with me.
Anna Hyatt Huntington was probably one of America's most famous animal sculptors of the early 20th century. She studied in New York with leading artists, but she also spent a lot of time at zoos and circuses actually observing animals. So you have this charming, charming group, these two figures interacting, a little mother and child. This piece was probably made in the 1920s. It's cast from what we call a lost wax technique. So it's very, very sharply detailed, very clearly cast. It has a beautiful patina on it. I think in a gallery it would probably be in the $5,000 range.
(chuckling) Oh, my goodness. Not a doorstop.
I don't think so.
Thank you very much.
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