From our private collection, on offer is this rare & exceptional bronze by noted turn-of-the-century (19th/20th) sculptor/artist, Carl Sorenson. Recognized for his metalwork produced during the Arts & Crafts movement of the day, Sorensen worked in copper & bronze. Sorensen's credits include design work for the renowned Tiffany Studios. Although his decorative copper pieces with striking verdigris patina -- vases, bowls, dishes, & the like -- can be found fairly readily, his smaller bronzes are much
rarer & very difficult to come by.
The subject of this striking piece is a panther with sleek physique. Characterized by an overall strong musculature, high cheek bones, full jowls, & strong jaw-line form the handsome creature's face, with deep-set eyes that immediately catch you in their gaze. Perched on its hind haunches with large, beautifully articulated paws, & ears back, this powerful cat appears nearly ready to pounce...
The base of the piece is stamped with the word "BRONZE" in an arc above the "CS" mark (a large 'C' encircling a smaller 'S'), & the artist's name appears in script. The number "165" is also stamped on the bottom.
Despite a few casting imperfections & minor wear commensurate with its age, this superb bronze, with its deep, rich, chocolaty patina, is in excellent antique condition. Powerful display.
Two examples of Sorensen's small animalier bronzes
can be found at the Website of the Indiana University Art Museum as part of the Dr. Arthur R. Metz Collection housed by the University.
Prior to our acquiring it in the 1980s, this wonderful sculpture was held in a single private collection under sole ownership. Upon request, the purchaser will be provided with provenance.