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    Stephen A. Douglas: Sensational 1860 Plaster Statue by Leonard W. Volk. 25.5" tall standing statue of the Little Giant gesturing with one hand and clutching a scroll with the other. He stands on an eight-sided base measuring 6" x 6". The base is inscribed, on one side, "L. W. Volk Sculp. 1859" and, on the other, "Patented Feb. 14, 1860". Volk was related to Douglas by marriage, as his wife was a cousin to the Illinois Senator. Volk made a marble bust of Douglas over the course of two years (1857-1859). That bust still exists. He later made a plaster bust of Lincoln, as well as a life mask and casting of his hands. The "nude" Lincoln bust came in two sizes, 12" and 24". He gifted one of the smaller, or cabinet size, busts to Mary Todd Lincoln in June 1860. Until now, we were unaware of any plaster sculptures of Douglas done by Volk. The fact that this is dated twice, like the nude Lincoln bust, is proof positive it was made during the election year of 1860, prior to Douglas's death. Originally painted green, it is now painted white over its entire surface. The condition is outstanding.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2018
    10th-11th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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