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Sculpture By Donald De Lue: Orpheus At Childs Gallery

Donald De Lue

American (1897-1988)

Orpheus, 1966

Bronze with Renaissance Brown patina and gilding on lyre. Signed and inscribed on bronze support: “De Lue sc 1974 / © 88 6/12 Tx”. Cast at the Tallix Foundry, Beacon NY. Mounted on Imperial Black marble base measuring 11 x 11 x 1 3/4 inches. In fine condition.

Note: Orpheus was actually modeled in 1966, but De Lue occassionally put the wrong date on the wax during the casting. See pages XI thru XIII of “The Sculpture of Donald De Lue / Gods, Prophets, and Heroes” by D. Roger Howlett regarding issues concerning dating of sculptures.

“Orpheus was modeled as a fountain piece and exhibited in 1966 at the National Sculpture Society’s annual exhibition where it won the gold medal. The figure later appears in De Lue’s design of a fountain with many classical figures for the civic center in Philadelphia” from D. Roger Howlett “Donald De Lue: Gods, Prophets, and Heroes,” 1990, 116.

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