Oct 07, 2021 - Sale 2581

Sale 2581 - Lot 73

Price Realized: $ 106,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 35,000 - $ 50,000
RICHMOND BARTHÉ (1901 - 1989)
Black Majesty.

Bronze with a brown patina, 1969. Approximately 610x260x133 mm; 24x10 1/4x 5 1/4 inches. Incised signature at the base edge. Cast at the foundry of sculptor Herzl Emanuel in Rome.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, Rome.

Illustrated: Margaret Vendryes. Barthé: A Life in Sculpture, fig. 529; p. 177 (another cast).

This beautiful, tall sculpture is truly a majestic figure, and a scarce example of a large female bronze by Ricmond Barthé. Margaret Vendryes remarks how this striding figure "harkens back to Blackberry Woman to a time of Barthé's newly discovered talent with clay" but with a regal air of remove. Black Majesty was made in Barthé's last year living in Jamaica, before his move to Florence, Italy where he lived until 1975. Vendryes p. 177.