Feb 17, 2011 - Sale 2237

Sale 2237 - Lot 13

Price Realized: $ 4,080
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
Untitled (Portrait of a Young Boy).

Painted plaster (including the base), circa 1930. Approximately 483x229x152 mm; 19x9x6 inches. Incised with the artist's monogram, verso.

Provenance: the artist; thence by descent to Dorothy Warrick, the artist's niece; private collection.

This is the first portrait, and the largest bust by Fuller, to come to auction. In 1899, Warrick graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania Museum School for Industrial Arts. With a letter of introduction to Henry Ossawa Tanner, she moved to Paris in late October to continue her studies at L'École des Beaux Arts. Fuller befriended Tanner, and received advice and support from the sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Auguste Rodin. Rodin's sponsorship facilitated an exhibition of 22 sculptures at L'Art Nouveau Gallery in 1902, as well as Warrick's inclusion in the Salon of 1903. She returned from Paris and married neurologist and psychologist Dr. Solomon Fuller from Liberia, and they raised a family in Framingham, MA. In 1910, her career suffered a significant setback when a warehouse with much of her artwork was destroyed by a fire. This plaster bust was in the artist's estate at the time of her death in 1968.