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Harry Jackson (American, 1924-2011) Two Champs II






American & European Works of Art - 3203B
Date / Time :
January 25, 2019 10:00AM


Harry Jackson (American, 1924-2011)

Two Champs II
Numbered, signed, and dated "TC II P 15P/© Harry Jackson 1977" in the bronze; signed and dated "© Harry Jackson 1980" in brown ink on the pedestal; stamped with the WSF foundry mark and artist's thumbprint also on the bronze pedestal; titled in a lengthy inscription incised on the front of the pedestal.
Painted bronze, height 20 in. (51.0 cm), on a black marble plinth.
Condition: Minor loss to polychrome, minor dust and dirt to the interstices.

Provenance: The collection of Joseph Thomas Alvarez III, California.

N.B. The lot is accompanied by a notarized certificate of origin signed by Harry Jackson and dated February 19, 1985.

The sculpture portrays Clayton Danks on Steamboat. Danks was the high sheriff of Fremont County, Wyoming, and was described by Harry Jackson as one of the best bronc riders and steer ropers for twenty years starting at the turn of the century. In his notes, Jackson recalled the challenge of crafting a bronze that is both physically and metaphysically balanced. (1)

1. Larry Pointer and Donald Goddard, Harry Jackson, (New York: Harry N. Abrams Inc., 1981), p. 262.
Estimate $15,000-25,000

Titled incised on the front of the bronze pedestal reads, "CLAYTON DANKS/ON/OLD STEAMBOAT/TWO CHAMPS/1907/1909/CHEYENNE/WYOMING."

Losses to the polychrome as follows: to the outside edge of the horse's right rear leg, to two spots on the tips of the horse'e mane, to the horse's front left hoof and some traces of his tail (where red paint is visible).

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