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1920 Theodore Roosevelt Bas Relief
Portrait Plaque by James Earle Fraser

1920 Theodore Roosevelt: Bronze Bas Relief Portrait Plaque by James Earle Fraser. Excellent Condition. 10 inch x 11.75 inch. This work was produced by the Decorative Arts League of New York in a limited casting, possibly limited to an edition as small as 25 pieces. This example has lovely blackish-brown patina with ochre tone on the portrait. Minor blue-green oxidation is present at the upper right.
Renowned sculptor James Earle Fraser (1876-1953) executed this attractive plaque featuring the likeness of the late President Theodore Roosevelt in a profile view to the right. Inscribed below: "Aggressive Fighting for the Right is the Noblest Sport the World Affords."
This plaque of Roosevelt is especially fitting in the context of the Dr. and Mrs. Duckor Collection of Saint-Gaudens double eagles, a series that began when Roosevelt, the subject of this bas relief, contacted Saint-Gaudens, the mentor of Fraser who created the plaque.
Fraser is known in numismatics as the designer of the Buffalo nickel and various commemorative issues. He was born in Winona, Minnesota, on November 4, 1876, the son of Thomas Fraser, a railroad engineer. As a teenager, he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and participated in artwork at the World's Columbian Exposition. Soon after, he was admitted to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. A sculpture that was completed in 1894 when he was just 17 years old, the "End of the Trail," is generally considered his most famous individual work. That sculpture won the $1,000 award of the American Art Association in Paris, where Augustus Saint-Gaudens was a judge. As a result of that competition, Saint-Gaudens asked Fraser to be his assistant, and he became Fraser's mentor. Fraser's remarkable career came to a close on October 11, 1953, when he died at his Westport, Connecticut, home.
From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection.
Seller is donating a portion of their proceeds, and Heritage is donating the same portion of the Buyer's Premium, from the sale of this lot to the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. See page 3 for details.

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The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens as Illustrated by the Morse and Duckor Collections
Revised Edition by James L. Halperin, Mark R. Borckardt, Mark Van Winkle, Jon Amato, and Gregory J. Rohan, with special contributor David W. Akers

The Coinage of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is an issue-by-issue examination of these two artistically inspired series of gold coins. Each date and mintmark is reviewed with up-to-date information, much of which has never been previously published. The book is based on two extraordinary collections: The Phillip H. Morse collection and the Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor collection.

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