A 1.5-scale cast of Frederic Remingtons Bronco Buster is expected to be the top lot in Heritage Auctions
American Art auction Nov. 1 in Dallas, Texas, which features an outstanding selection of Western Art.
Bronco Buster (estimate: $500,000-700,000) is a rare 1.5-scale work, measuring 32.8 inches high. Shortly before the artist died in 1909, he made a large-scale plaster model of his popular sculpture that has been cast nearly 300 times since it was created in 1895. The sculpture underwent a few small changes when it was enlarged, including the riders hand being outstretched farther and no longer carries the short whip than in the original. The example offered in this sale is one of just 19 casts made of the larger version; other casts can be found in collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Fort Worths Amon Carter Museum and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming.
Although much of Howard A. Terpnings work has been devoted to telling the history of Northern Plains tribes, Jicarilla Apache Raiders, 1975 (estimate: $200,000-300,000) demonstrates the artists mastery at capturing the details of Southern Plains people as well. The rendering of clothing and weapons, the realistic portrayal of the warrior's physiques, and the manner in which the horses have been packed, all show that Terpning is not only a great artist, but also a dedicated student of history. Terpning received a commission from Winchester firearms which rekindled his interest in the American West in the 1970s. in 1975, the year in which this canvas was completed, Terpening left his career as a commercial artist in order to devote himself full-time to Western subjects. This painting is among Terpnings most sought-after subject matter and painted at the height of his career.
William Robinson Leigh The Last Watering Hole, 1912 (estimate: $200,000-300,000) highlights the talent of an artist known for capturing scenes that reveal the hardships faced by those who endured life in the West. This 37-by-49-inch oil painting comes to auction for the first time, from a family that has lovingly housed the work for over 70 years, and likely was painted during the first of Leighs summer visits to Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming between 1912 and 1926.The pink, yellow and purple hues in the palette are typical of Leighs southwestern paintings, and caused critics who had never traveled west to accuse the artist of fabricating the light and color.
Clark Hulings European Flower Market, 1969 (estimate: $80,000-120,000) is perfectly representative of the artists work. Born in New Mexico, Hulings traveled the globe, capturing beauty in a wide array of locations. In this painting, he takes on La Madeleine flower market in Paris, a perfect vehicle for his study of color and reflective light.
Elected as a member of the cowboy artists of America in 1975, Frank McCarthy is best known for depictions of plains Indians in action. Lassoing a Rhino (estimate: $40,000-60,000) has the same drama transferred to the African Savanna.
Texas painter Robert Pummill depicts a singular crossroad in the Old West in his oil, Santa Fe Trappers Leaving Bent's Fort (circa 1840) (estimate: $30,000-50,000). Located in what is now the Four Corners area of southeastern Colorado, Bents Fort was the only Anglo outpost on the Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and the Mexican settlements. Established in 1833, it was the hub the regional fur trade and destroyed by a cholera epidemic in 1849.
Other top lots include, but are not limited to:
Frank McCarthy Lassoing a Rhino (estimate: $40,000-60,000)
Tucker Smith Glacier Goats, 1991 (estimate: $30,000-50,000)
Fremont F. Ellis Fall Aspens in Hyde Park, 1925 (estimate: $25,000-35,000)
Tucker Smith Heading West, 1983 (estimate: $25,000-35,000)
Maynard Dixon Joaquin Murietta (estimate: $15,000-25,000)