LOT 339

A. Phimister Proctor


Stalking Panther

MEDIUM: Bronze, cast 9

DIMENSIONS: 9 1/2 inches overall height

Roman Bronze Works N.Y. 1904; Rich dark brown patina

SHIPPING DIMENSIONS: 9.5 x 37 1/2 x 6 - 40 lbs.

SOLD FOR: $52,650.00

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Additional Information

Few museum exhibitions have been more important to the genre of Western bronze than The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925, which opened in 2013 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Within the exhibition was a cast of Alexander Phimister Proctor’s Stalking Panther. “Stalking Panther highlights the relation of Proctor’s art to his principal self-identity as a sportsman-adventurer, which he cultivated from a young age,” Thayer Tolles writes in the exhibition’s catalog. “He began the statuette in New York, basing it on observations of panthers made during an 1887 trip to Colorado and at the Central Park Menagerie, as well as on dissection studies. After displaying the sculpture at the World’s Columbian Exposition, he took the plaster model to Paris, where he refined it using a shaved cat for reference. For its freeze-frame motion, Proctor applied his method of ‘getting a picture of a whole action’: ‘I found I could get an action picture by closing my eyes, opening them for a split second, and then shutting them again.’”


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