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"Rosita" Midcentury Bronze Sculpture of Donkey Foal by Carl Lewis Pappe



A rich little bronze from a series Pappe completed showcasing studies of foals in various positions. The surface is beautifully textured and shows fantastic capture of the details from the underlying mold throughout, this heightened with the use of a rather complex patina that on first glance is mostly dark brown but unwraps to reveal extensive verde highlights underlying the surface. The technical quality is notable, the intricate casting of the head separate from the body, this nearly invisibly affixed with a roman joint at the throat. Born in Hungary in 1900, Carle Pappe moved with his family to the United States in 1911 to settle in Ohio. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art before going on to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he studied under Hugh Breckenridge and Daniel Garber. In 1934 Carl visited Mexico City and lived there until 1938 when he eventually settled in nearby Taxco. There he opened a studio with his wife Bernice Goodspeed, an author and part-time silversmith. He expressed himself in many mediums, including oil and watercolor, bronze and other metals, etchings and woodcuts as well as simple drawings in ink and pencil. Bernice was an author and Carl assisted in the illustration of her books. His work is represented in many public collections including the Dallas Art Museum, the U.S. Library of Congress and Philadelphia's Woodmere Art Museum. Measurements: 5 1/4" H x 3 1/8" D x 4 13/16" W (including base); 4 11/16" H x 2" D x 4" W (bronze only without base).


  • Creator
    Carl Pappe (Sculptor)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 5.25 in. (13.34 cm)Width: 4.81 in. (12.22 cm)Depth: 3.13 in. (7.96 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Two tiny spots of patina loss (these can be toned by the gallery upon request). Excellent overall original condition.
  • Seller Location
    Shippensburg, PA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 011QAW19P1stDibs: LU1059022757442

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