Dec 15, 2015 - Sale 2402

Sale 2402 - Lot 10

Price Realized: $ 4,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
AUGUSTA SAVAGE (1892 - 1962)
Lift Every Voice and Sing.

Cast white metal, with a silver patina, circa 1939. Approximately 270x240x100 mm; 10 3/4x9 1/2x4 inches. Incised signature and "World's Fair 1939" at the base edge. Cast by Augusta Savage Studios, Inc., New York.

Provenance: private collection; thence by descent to a private collection, Georgia.

A life-size version of Lift Every Voice and Sing was commissioned by the 1939 New York World's Fair committee in 1937. Savage left the WPA to work on this monumental project, inspired by James Weldon's and Rosamund Johnson's anthem, Lift Every Voice. Sadly, the original work was destroyed when the fair was over, but these smaller, souvenir versions were cast by the artist.