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    After the original by Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum.

    Abraham Lincoln: An Astonishing, Monumental Sculpture, Cast in .999 Fine Silver. This massive work, titled "Seated Lincoln" and taken from the original plaster maquette by Gutzon Borglum, contains 1,086 ounces of pure silver. It is number 22 out of an edition of 56. It was authorized by the Borglum Historical Foundation in 1990, and produced by the Silversmiths Group USA, in conjunction with the Liberty Mint, and cast by the Maiden Foundry Company. This information is inscribed on the underside of the bench ("Seated Lincoln Reg. No. 22/56 Cast From Gutzon Borglum Original Plaster Maquette 1000 Troy Oz. .999 Pure Authorized by Borglum Historical Foundation Produced by Liberty Mint Silversmith Group. Cast By Maiden Foundry Company 1990").

    Borglum's first version, in 1911, was life-sized, cast in bronze, and still stands outside the Essex County Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey. A bronze edition in the same size as the present example, created from the same plaster model, was also released in 1911. It was signed by Borglum, but did not carry a foundry name, although it is thought to have been cast by Gorham Company. Apparently they were issued in very limited numbers, and auction records for that version extend well in to five figures.

    Gutzon Borglum (1867-1941) was a renowned creator of public sculpture, the most famous of which is Mount Rushmore. He also chiseled the huge relief images of Lee, Davis, and Stonewall Jackson on the face of Stone Mountain, Georgia. His artistic legacy has been carefully guarded by the Borglum Historical Foundation, and the authorized release of the present version of his Seated Lincoln is not to be confused with the many commercial releases of "limited-edition" sculptures, plaques, et cetera, which have proliferated over the last several decades. In addition to the 56 copies in silver, the Foundation also authorized 122 in bronze and a single example in .999 gold.

    This powerful image of a Lincoln with head bowed, wearied by four years of bitter conflict, is one of the most famous and finest of Lincoln sculptures. One can sense Lincoln's exhaustion as he slumps to sit on a bench to rest. It measures 20.875" x 25.75" x 14.75", and particularly in this elegant silver, it has a truly arresting presence. The silver has acquired a lovely patina over the years. We sold a similar example in February 2007 for $33,460. The artist's signature appears in script form incised on the top of the bench. The right leg pitches inward somewhat, as made, identical to another specimen sold by us in 2010. At current market rates, we estimate the "bullion" value exceeds $20,000.


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    September, 2016
    17th Saturday
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