Lot 24

DR. SEUSS (THEODORE GEISEL). 1904-1991.
Original painted clay and wood sculpture, "Blue Green Abelard,"

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US$20,000 - US$30,000

DR. SEUSS (THEODORE GEISEL). 1904-1991.
Original painted clay and wood sculpture, "Blue Green Abelard," Approximately 600 mm high by 150 mm deep (including base), with horns approximately 430 mm in length, descriptive paper label on back of base reading "Mounted by the DR. SEUSS ZOO" Paint rubbed and slightly chipped, horns re-attached with adhesive showing at seems, cracking and chipping to horns, with wire frame showing through at one tip, paper label heavily chipped with some loss of text.

VERY RARE DR. SEUSS "UNORTHODOX TAXIDERMY" SCULPTURE OF THE "BLUE GREEN ABELARD." Geisel began to create the series of mounted animal sculptures he called the "Seuss System of Unorthodox Taxidermy" in 1931. In the fall of 1937 an exhibition of the pieces was held in New York in order to promote And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, and in April 1938 an advertisement appeared in Judge magazine announcing "DR. SEUSS RETURNS FROM THE BOBO ISLES... with Rare and Amazing Trophies for the Walls of your Game-Room, Nursery or Bar!" Available for purchase were mounted fantastical trophy heads of the "Blue-Green Abelard," the "Tufted Gustard," and the "Mulberry Street Unicorn" (See Cohen, The Seuss, the Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss, pp 168-9, 187ff).
The Blue Green Abelard was offered originally at $15.00, compared to the Mulberry Street Unicorn at $3.75 and the Tufted Gustard at $4.75, which may explain the rarity in the marketplace for this piece. We have never seen another copy of this at auction.


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