1 March 2012
Elie Nadelman (1882-1946)
'Boy with Fish': A Lead Fountain Support
36¾ in. (93.3 cm.) high
Estate of the above.
Lincoln Kirstein, New York, 1947.
School of American Ballet, gift from the above.
Christie's, New York, 1 December 1989, lot 132.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
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L. Kirstein, Elie Nadelman, New York, 1973, p. 302, no. 154 (as 'Boy with Dolphin').
J.I.H. Baur, ed., The Sculpture and Drawings and Elie Nadelman, New York, 1975, p. 92, no. 91, another example illustrated (as 'Boy with Fish Fountain').
Nadelman originally modeled 'Boy with Fish' in plaster circa 1930-35 as a fountain-support for a sundial. The plaster model, which has presumably been destroyed, was subsequently used to create a single known bronze casting circa 1950 and the present work in lead.
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