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Lot Number: 195

Description: "Uncle Ned's School" decorative sculpture c.1890-1900s. Vintage sculpture group fashioned after the original by noted New York artist John Rogers depicting an African American school scene illustrating a post Civil War scene. Originally rendered by Rogers in 1866 which was hailed as a powerful commentary on the newly acquired freedom for African Americans and their access to proper education. Rogers presented a copy of the original sculpture to Henry Ward Beecher (American Congregationalist who supported the ban on slavery) who remarked, "I am pleased with the complete rendering of the story, with a few means, and without exaggeration. Its simplicity is agreeable as its errand is noble." The offered statue was a later rendering after the Rogers original which was displayed within the Russell home. Typical scattered surface flaking with some repaired chips and fragments in addition to a few missing small pieces. 20" tall. Includes certificate of provenance from Bill Russell and vintage Rogers catalogue listing chronicling the piece: GD-VG

Estimated Price Range: ($500-$1,000)

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