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Crest of the Wave

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Crest of the Wave

Artist: Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (American, 1880 - 1980)

Foundry: Gorham Manufacturing Company (American, founded 1831)

Model: Desha Podgorska (1900 - 1980)

Date: 1925
Medium: cast bronze
22 x 5 inches (55.9 x 12.7 cm)
Classification: Sculptures
Signed: HARRIET W FRISHMUTH © 1925 (on top of wave base)
Markings: Gorham Co. Founders / QFHL. (on side of base)
Credit Line: Gift of Nelda C. Stark, 1981
Object number: 21.14.1
Accession Number: 1981.512
1965 Appraisal: 132
1979 York Appraisal: 664
DescriptionFemale figure on square base.
Label Text:Artists often use models to develop their artwork. Harriet Whitney Frishmuth worked with a ballerina to create the perfect pose of a woman skipping on an ocean wave. The sculpture is one of Frishmuth’s most popular. It was cast 304 times.
Provenance: Purchased March 1, 1929 through (Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, New York) by H.J. Lutcher Stark [1887-1965]; by inheritance to his wife Nelda C. Stark [1909-1999]; gifted March 5, 1981 to the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to The W.H. Stark House
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