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Circa 1891 John Rogers Football Statue
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $1,185.00
Original plaster statue, titled Football, created by renowned sculptor John Rogers (1829-1904). The statue pictures a football player running with the ball as three defenders attempt to bring him down. The title of the piece is engraved on the front side of the base, while the top of the base features Rogers' engraved name and address: "John Rogers/11 West 12 St./New York." John Rogers was a highly successful commercial artist during the late 1800s, best known for his plaster statues depicting scenes of everyday life. Those statues, known as "Rogers Groupings," were extremely popular during the era and could be found displayed in the parlors of most homes. Interestingly, this football statue was the only one of his "Rogers Groupings" to depict a sports scene (he produced a total of eighty-three retail statues during his lifetime). According to George Mechling, who is one of the foremost experts on John Rogers, the three tacklers depicted in this work were based on sketches posed for by Rogers' three sons, while the ball carrier is none other than William Corbin, captain of the undefeated Yale football team in 1888 (Rogers' sons also attended Yale). Originally priced at $15, Rogers' statues today routinely sell for thousands of dollars at public auction. The statue displays areas of paint peeling, as well as a few chips, most noticeably to the nose of the ball carrier and to the back of the rear tackler. In Very Good condition overall. This is a museum-quality piece and one that is highly regarded in the fields of both sports/football memorabilia and statuary. The statue measures 11 x 10 inches at the base and stands 16.5 inches high. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $1,185.00
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