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"Riding the Waves," Large, Joyous Art Deco Sculpture of Boy Riding Seal


One of the most joyous and charming sculptures we have ever offered, this large, unique sculpture of a young boy riding a seal through the waves is a superb example of a genre of Beaux Arts & Art Deco sculpture that featured children and animals at play. Edith Parsons' "Frog Baby" and Janet Scudder's Tortoise Fountain are two examples of many, but "Riding the Waves" has a presence and energy that exceeds most others. The sculptor was Luigi Maraffi, who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with Charles Grafly and established his studio in South Philadelphia, which had a large Italian American Community in the early 20th century. This piece is signed and dated 1927. The medium is plaster with a gorgeous, deep green bronze finish.


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    H 25 in. x W 17 in. x D 24 in.H 63.5 cm x W 43.18 cm x D 60.96 cm
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    Philadelphia, PA
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