Charles M. Russell (1864-1926), Watcher of the Plains, bronze, 11.6in high, inscribed 'CMRussell 1901' and 'Calif Art Bronze Fndry L.A.', Modeled in 1901.

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Lot 158
Charles Marion Russell
(1864-1926)
Watcher of the Plains 11 3/4in high

US$ 40,000 - 60,000
£ 32,000 - 48,000
Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926)
Watcher of the Plains
inscribed with skull insignia 'CMRussell 1901 / ©' (on the base) and 'Calif. Art. Bronze. Fnry. L.A.' (along the base)
bronze with dark brown patina
11 3/4in high
Modeled in 1901; cast circa 1926-34.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private collection, Switzerland.
    Trade, Geneva, Switzerland.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, circa 2015.

    Literature
    R. Stewart, Charles M. Russell: Sculptor, Fort Worth, Texas, 1994, pp. 336-40, no. R-41, other examples illustrated.

    Nancy Russell, the artist's wife, once described the present work and its subject, a Piegan scout of the Blackfoot raiding party: "You can tell the wind is blowing softly. He has a sawed-off flintlock gun or fewk. In his belt is his medicine bag. The buffalo robe that he wore has slipped from his body and he is seated on it. From his wrists hangs an elk horn quirt. He is wearing a wolf skin cap." (R. Stewart, Charles M. Russell: Sculptor, Fort Worth, Texas, 1994, p. 337) When Russell first created the painted plaster of Watcher of the Plains in 1901, he produced several other variations of the subject, altering the details of each, to share with friends and family. Though modeled years earlier, the work was eventually cast in bronze much later.
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