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Rare Mannerist Nude by Fred Press, circa 1940s

Sculpted with finesse and sensitivity, this late Renaissance-influenced male nude figure is probably a unique piece, and is marked with Fred Press' monograph. Press was a kind of Renaissance Man in mid-century design, creating new patterns for Glidden pottery after World War II and designing lines of glassware. He also issued his own sculptures in plaster or ceramic. The elongated form and complex pose of this figure makes a direct reference to Mannerist sculpture, yet the open circle behind the figure and the stippled gold highlighting makes it clear that this is a product of post-War America.

Sculpted with finesse and sensitivity, this late Renaissance-influenced male nude figure is probably a unique piece, and is marked with Fred Press' monograph. Press was a kind of Renaissance Man in mid-century design, creating new patterns for Glidden pottery after World War II and designing lines of glassware. He also issued his own sculptures in plaster or ceramic. The elongated form and complex pose of this figure makes a direct reference to Mannerist sculpture, yet the open circle behind the figure and the stippled gold highlighting makes it clear that this is a product of post-War America.

Rare Mannerist Nude by Fred Press, circa 1940s

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CREATOR: Fred Press (Designer)
COUNTRY: United States
DATE OF MANUFACTURE: Circa 1940s
MATERIALS: Painted plaster
CONDITION: Very good; several small paint losses.
HEIGHT: 15.5 in. (39 cm)
WIDTH: 9 in. (23 cm)
DEPTH: 5.5 in. (14 cm)
DEALER LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA
NUMBER OF ITEMS: 1
REFERENCE NUMBER: U1004038651209

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