Jan 30, 2020 - Sale 2528

Sale 2528 - Lot 8

Price Realized: $ 17,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
Homage to Marion Perkins.

Carved granite, mounted on a wooden base, circa 1961-3. Approximately 241x178x178 mm; 9 1/2x7x7 inches (not including the base).

Provenance: the Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., Chicago.

Homage to Marion Perkins is a beautiful and fitting tribute to her fellow Chicago artist and friend, the great stone carver, sculptor Marion Perkins (1908 - 1961). Margaret Burroughs was one of the first to recognize the artistic talents of Marion Perkins, a largely self-taught artist, and introduced him to the Southside Community Art Center for formal instruction and support in the early 1940s. This sculpture is carved in the manner of Perkins's iconic Man of Sorrows, a depiction of an African-American Christ with a crown of thorns, which was acquired by the Art Institute of Chicago in 1951.

Burroughs's sculptures are very scarce - previously only two bronzes heads have come to auction.