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Sale 1702 Lot 104

Henry Baerer
(German/American, 1837-1908)

"The Lesson", fourth quarter 19th century

patinated bronze
inscribed "H. Baerer Sculptor N.Y. 1881" along proper left edge and with "The Henry Bonnard Bronze Co. N.Y. 1896" foundry mark along proper right edge.
h. 21-3/4", w. 13", d. 17-1/4"

Notes: A native of Germany, Baerer attended the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich and studied sculpture under Eduard Schmidt von der Launitz (1796-1869) before moving to the United States. Eventually settling in the Bronx, he began a long association with the Henry-Bonnard Bronze Co., a foundry located in nearby Mount Vernon, New York. Baerer was a member of the National Sculpture Society and exhibited frequently at the National Academy of Design and the Brooklyn Academy of Art. His numerous public commissions include the bust of Beethoven at Central Park and the figure of Puck at the Puck Building, New York. As a member of the National Sculpture Society, Baerer was one of the sculptors tasked with designing and constructing the Dewey Arch, an intentionally impermanent triumphal gate, placed at the entrance to Madison Square Garden in honor of General George Dewey (1837-1917). Reference: New York Times Obituary, December 9, 1908.

Estimate $ 1,500-2,500

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