TURTLE BABY SCULPTURE BRONZE FIRST CREATED BY EDITH PARSONS AROUND 1915 OR SO. ONE THAT WAS ON ANTIQUES ROADSHOW AND WAS FROM HER MOLD WAS MADE 1959 AND WAS VALUED AT 40,000 Artist. Edith Barretto Parsons (1878-1956) She is best known for bronze sculptures of figures of small children and animals. In her sculptures you can detect a connection between the child and the animal. The Duck Baby’s hair, flies out at the side, resembling little wings; the Baby Pan has tiny “horns” hidden in the curls on his forehead. There is that hint at connection to be found in each of them. She studied from the age of 15 at the Art Students’ League in New York City, with Daniel Chester French, George L. Barnard and John Twachtman. She also worked as apprentice to James Earle Fraser. Mrs. Parsons’ daughter followed in her footsteps as an artists and even assisted Mrs. Parsons’ with her work as she grew older. Mrs. Parsons’ best-known works are the bronze garden sculptures she made between 1911 and 1930: the Duck Baby (1911), the Turtle Baby (1915), the Frog Baby (1917). Turtle Baby (1915) The Turtle Baby sculpture was first created in 1915. The artist created various sizes of this sculpture and subsequent molds from 12 inches to 42. The smaller 12-17 inch sculptures are more readily available, the larger, 33 and 42 inch version are more rare. A recent Antiques Road show featured one of the 42 inch versions that was created in 1959. This statute was valued between $35-40,000. You can view the Roadshow highlight at the following link. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/archive/200503A55.html The item presently being sold was located in a water fountain outside a mansion in Atlanta Georgia. The sculpture was outdoors but under cover so partially protected from the elements. The mansion was built in 1985 and the sculpture was sealed in cement around its base. The exact age of the sculpture is unknown but it is unlikely one of the early, 1915 versions. If it was a 1915 version it would be worth over $70,000. Keep in mind the 1959 version was valued at $35-40,000. Condition: 33 Inch Turtle Baby. Similar to the item featured on antiques road show. No visible damage or wear to the sculpture other than normal greening of the patina from being outdoors. I was told by a reputable auction house that if I put it in their auction they would estimate in this troubled economy that it would go for $25,000, no less than $20,000 but that it could go for $40,000 and that in a few years it should be back up to the higher amount. The likely buyer at auction today would be a reseller or antique dealer who would then resell to an end purchaser for much more. The auction is not for a few months and I would prefer to sell now. Yes, I need the cash.I can ship fully insured within the US through UPS. Payment needed of course before I ship. Wire transfer etc.
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