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Anna Hyatt Huntington, Yawning Panther, Bronze and Marble Sculpture, circa 1915

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The sculpture is signed, "Anna Hyatt" and further impressed, "Gorham CO. O 492" and further impressed #358. The identical sculpture is photographed in "The Gorham Company, Famous Small Bronze" 1928, pg. 15. Sculpted by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington during the American Art Nouveau era (circa 1915), the bronze sculpture "Yawning Panther" was cast by Gorham Co. Founders. A yawning and fully outstretched panther finished in patinated bronze, resting atop a black Belgium marble plinth. Yawning panther demonstrates the realism of Huntington's art in pose, detail, and style. Rather than showing her subject stalking a prey, she has caught the panther in an intimate moment as it stretches in a wide-mouthed yawn with its front legs tautly extended and its tail elegantly arched. Her skill in the lost-wax method of casting bronze is evident in the texture and wrinkles of the animal's fur. Although the scale of the work is small, the work conveys great strength and graceful movement. Anna Hyatt Huntington (1876-1973) Anna Hyatt Huntington was a prolific artist known for her bronze animal sculptures. By combining classical features with modern abstract trends, Huntington developed a distinct style that captured the spirit of her subjects, such as Yawning Panther. Huntington developed her intense attention to detail through close observation of animals at zoos, circuses, live animal shows, and farms. These experiences enabled her to create intimate portraits of domestic and wild animals and heroic equestrian monuments. Yawning panther depicts a panther during a quiet moment. It stretches its full length, crosses its front legs, and opens its jaws in a thoroughly convincing yawn. The curve of the panther’s bold head balances its elegant, taut tail and leads the eye over its muscular body. With highly tactile fur and wrinkles in evidence, Yawning Panther demonstrates Huntington’s skill with the lost-wax method of bronze casting.  

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    Original patina, marble is in good condition. We make our best effort to provide a fair and descriptive condition report. Please examine the photos attentively, as they are an integral part of the item description.
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 5.5 in. x W 15.5 in. x D 4.5 in.H 13.97 cm x W 39.37 cm x D 11.43 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU281938574723
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