Feb 17, 2009 - Sale 2169

Sale 2169 - Lot 11

Price Realized: $ 4,800
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Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500

Plaster bookend, painted gold, circa 1934. Approximately 145x125x113 mm; 5 3/4x5x4 1/2 inches. With the artist's initials incised, right side.

Provenance: private Maryland collection.

Fuller's bookends are scarce works by one of the first renowned African-American sculptors, whose long career included studying and working in Paris with Auguste Rodin. In Paris she also met sc
holar W.E.B. Du Bois, whose philosophy served as the inspiration for Ethiopia Awakening, one of the great symbols of the Harlem Renaissance, in the collection of the Schomburg Library and Research Center in Harlem. Much of her most promising work was tragically lost in a 1910 Philadelphia warehouse fire. This is only the second work by Fuller to come to auction; a pair of similar bookends Silence and Repose were sold at Swann Galleries on February 19, 2008.