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Event History :
- 2014 April Auction (sold $33,600)
"CM Russell [cipher] 1900", base; "Roman Bronze Works N.Y.", side base
From his childhood, Russell was an inveterate sculptor, working mostly in wax & typically creating small barnyard animals or big game. Once he moved to Montana, he continued the practice, creating sculptures that he gave to close friends or used in payment of his saloon bills. Many of his earliest sculptures were combinations of materials: wax figures mounted on wood, with metal, horsehair or string accouterments & painted with oils. "Blackfoot War Chief" was created as described above & was pictured in a circa 1903 photograph, found in the book "Charles M. Russell, Sculptor", by Rick Stewart (1994 Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX). The original wax, Stewart writes, "was notable for its sensitivity to detail & its variety of carefully rendered textures & for the presence of Russell's fingerprints all over the surface."