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Polar Bear

Artist:
Frederick George Richard Roth (American, Brooklyn, New York 1872–1944 Englewood, New Jersey)
Date:
1903, cast ca. 1906
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
7 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 4 in. (19.1 x 7 x 10.2 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.400
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
An accomplished animal sculptor, Roth often modeled his subjects in local zoos. “Polar Bear” is probably his first study of this impressive animal, in which he emphasized its characteristic silhouette and easy, lumbering gait. Roth's careful depiction of the bear’s muscles, bones, and fur reflects his training in both veterinary medicine and art. This statuette is one of five in the Metropolitan’s collection that was purchased from Roth in 1906, at a time when the museum was making a special effort to collect smaller bronzes by American sculptors.
Signature: [top of base]: Copyright 1903 by / Fred G.R. Roth

Inscription: [cast number, underside of base]: 3.

Marking: [foundry mark, back of base]: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N.Y.
the artist, until 1906
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