Rare Mannerist Nude by Fred Press, circa 1940s

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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.
Place of Origin
United States
Date of Manufacture
Circa 1940s
Materials and Techniques
Painted plaster
Very good; several small paint losses.
15.5 in. H x 9 in. W x 5.5 in. D
39 cm H x 23 cm W x 14 cm D
Dealer Location
Philadelphia, PA
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