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One of the finest figural boxing pieces you will ever see. Regal bronze
statue is by the noted French sculptor Emile Herbert of Paris (1828-1893).
The statue depicts John L Sullivan in the act of dropping foe Charlie
Mitchell in the famed bout which ended in a draw in 39 rounds of bare
knuckled fisticuffs. The event was held on the estate of Baron Rothschild
of Chantilly, France hence it influenced the creation of this impressive
artwork. Rothschild was a great patron of the arts and commissioned
Herbert to produce these bronzes of the event to be presented only to
exclusive friends of the Rothschild family. The number of statues cast is
unknown, but it is unlikely there were many as this is the first specimen
we have seen. Wonderful gold wash is somewhat worn but the bronze retains much of its patina giving it a luster worthy of a heavyweight. Artist
signed on the base. Measures 14.25x16x 5.25''. EX.
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