Description: Paul Howard Manship, American 1885 - 1966 - Day and the Hours
Signed on the base Paul Manship, Foundry mark on rear of base: Roman Bronze Works N-Y, Created 1916
Manship executed a number of sundials during his artistic career but Day and the Hours is potentially his earliest endeavor on this front. It was executed in 1916, the same year he created Dancer and Gazelles and the two female forms featured in these works are almost identical and reflect the rich East Indian influence that was running through his work. In Day and the Hours it has been suggested that the female form is drawn off the idea of a Bodhisattva figure of wisdom and enlightenment in the Hindu religion. The peacock fan motif behind this figure features low relief, dancing figures which Manship loved to use from classical Greek vases that he admired. Many of the elements in this work show up later and throughout his career in his most successful works such as The Celestial Sphere which features many of the same zodiac signs and symbols used on the base of this sundial.
Location of Origin: North America
Medium/Materials: Bronze, Dark brown patina with gilt highlights
Dimensions: 20 inches in height, 19 ¼ inches in diameter
Primary Classification: Fine Art : Sculpture : Bronze / Brass / Copper
Secondary Classification: Fine Art
Expertise: In the Roman Bronze ledger it appears that this work may have been cast up to eight times at that foundry although we have only been able to locate one cast in a collection in Florida which has a solid gold patina which may or may not be the original patina. This is a rare model that does not appear often in the market.
Museums and Public Collections:
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MassachusettsAmon Carter Museum, TexasArt Institute of Chicago, Washington D.C.Ball State Museum of Art, IndianaBrigham Young University Museum of Art, UtahCincinnati Art Museum, OhioColby College Museum of Art, MaineColby College Museum of Art, MaineCourtauld Institute of Art, London, UKCrystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, ArkansasCurrier Gallery of Art, New HampshireDayton Art Institute, OhioHarvard University Art Museums, MassachusettsHudson River Museum, Yonkers, New YorkHuntington Sculpture Garden at Brookgreen Gardens, South CarolinaIndianapolis Museum of Art, IndianaJoslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NebraskaPaul Manship in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art DatabaseMaryland State ArchivesMetropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkMinnesota Museum of American Art, Saint PaulMuseum of the National Academy of Design, New York CityNational Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, WyomingNew Britain Museum of American Art, ConnecticutPaul Manship at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, Washington D.C.Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.Speed Art Museum, KentuckyHuntington Library, CaliforniaWalker Art Center, MinnesotaWestmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Provenance: Private Collection, Princeton, New Jersey