Harriet Frishmuth

Alt text: Bronze lamp base with female figures

Harriet W. Frishmuth (American, 1880-1980)
Figural Lamp Base, 1911
Bronze, dark green and brown patina
Modeled sculpture: 17 ½ H. inches
Lamp fixture: 15 ½ H. inches
Overall height: 33 ¼ H. inches
Signed: HARRIET W. FRISHMUTH. / COPYRIGHT 1911
Stamped: GORHAM CO. FOUNDERS / GORHAM CO. Q2YO / Gorham cipher

Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a woman holding grapes
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a woman holding grapes
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a woman holding grapes
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a woman holding grapes
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a woman holding grapes
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a woman holding grapes
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a woman holding grapes
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a woman holding grapes
Alt text: Signature detail of bronze sculpture base
Alt text: Foundry mark detail of a bronze sculpture

Harriet W. Frishmuth
American, 1880 – 1980
Sweet Grapes, 1927-1928
Bronze with greenish-brown patina
18 3/4 H. x 4 1/4 W. x 4 1/4 D. inches
Inscribed ‘©HARRIET W. FRISHMUTH/1928’ (on back of base)
Inscribed ‘GORHAM CO FOUNDERS QGAF’ (along the back of base)

Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman standing with elbows out and hands framing her face
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman standing with elbows out and hands framing her face
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman standing with elbows out and hands framing her face
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman standing with elbows out and hands framing her face
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman standing with elbows out and hands framing her face

Harriet W. Frishmuth
American 1880–1980
Longing, 1929
Bronze
15 1/2 H. inches

Alt text: bronze sculpture of two people
Alt text: bronze sculpture of two people, detail
Alt text: bronze sculpture of two people
Alt text: bronze sculpture of two people
Alt text: bronze sculpture of two people
Alt text: bronze sculpture of two people
Alt text: bronze sculpture of two people
Alt text: bronze sculpture, signature detail
Alt text: bronze sculpture, signature detail
Alt text: bronze sculpture, signature detail

Harriet W. Frishmuth (American, 1880-1980)
Rhapsody, 1925
Bronze, dark brown and green patina
11 ¾ H. x 8 ⅛ W. x 5 D. inches
Signed on base: HARRIET W. FRISHMUTH / © 1925
Stamped on base: GORHAM CO FOUNDERS QFGT
Mounted to period marble base: 1/2 inch height

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Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a standing woman
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a standing woman
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a standing woman
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a standing woman
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a standing woman

Harriet W. Frishmuth (American, 1880-1980)
Joy of the Waters, 1917
Bronze, light green and brown patina, 61 H. x 18 W. x 14 ¾ D. inches
Signed: Harriet W. Frishmuth SC / 1912 [sic] (on self base)
Marked: Roman Bronze Works, Inc (edge of self base)

Provenance:
Graham Gallery, circa 1978
Private collection, Closter, New Jersey
Estate of above, 2018
Graham Shay 1857
Private collection, Connecticut

Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a horse and man drinking water

Harriet Frishmuth
American, 1880–1980
Curiosity (Centerpiece Flower Holder), 1921
Bronze, dark green and brown patina
10 1/4 H. x 8 7/8 W. x 4 1/8 D. inches
Signed and dated (left side of base):
ⓒ 1921 / HARRIET W. FRISHMUTH
Foundry mark (rear of base, left):
IDEAL CASTING CO. PROV. RI
Edition of three castings, all executed at the Ideal Casting Company, Providence, Rhode Island
Modeled and cast in 1921

Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude female

Harriet W. Frishmuth
American, 1880 – 1980
Reflections, 1930
Bronze fountain, brown and green verdigris patina
56 1/2 H. x 18 W. x 14 D. inches
Signed on base: HARRIET W. FRISHMUTH © 1930
Stamped on base: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS INC

Alt text: Bronze sculpture of an eagle with outstretched wings
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of an eagle with outstretched wings
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of an eagle with outstretched wings
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of an eagle with outstretched wings
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of an eagle with outstretched wings
Alt text: Detail of signature
Alt text: Detail of inscriptions
Alt text: Underside of sculpture

Harriet W. Frishmuth
American 1880–1980
Spread Eagle, 1910
Bronze, dark brown patina
9 H. x 23 ¾ W. x 14 ½ D. inches
Signed on base: copyrighted / Harriet Frishmuth
Stamped on base: Gorham Co. Founders / QEX
Edition of 17

Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with arms outstretched in an L shape and right leg lifted with knee bent
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with arms outstretched in an L shape and right leg lifted with knee bent
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with arms outstretched in an L shape and right leg lifted with knee bent
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with arms outstretched in an L shape and right leg lifted with knee bent
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with arms outstretched in an L shape and right leg lifted with knee bent
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with arms outstretched in an L shape and right leg lifted with knee bent
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with arms outstretched in an L shape and right leg lifted with knee bent
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with arms outstretched in an L shape and right leg lifted with knee bent

Harriet W. Frishmuth
American 1880–1980
Desha, 1927
Bronze
14 5/8 H. inches

Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman with back arched, holding a vine in her extended left hand draping over her body
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman skipping and holding a fish in one hand
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman skipping and holding a fish in one hand
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman skipping and holding a fish in one hand
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman skipping and holding a fish in one hand
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman skipping and holding a fish in one hand

Harriet W. Frishmuth
American 1880–1980
Laughing in Waters, 1929
Bronze
16 H. inches

Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman with back arched, holding a vine in her extended left hand draping over her body
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman with back arched, holding a vine in her extended left hand draping over her body
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman with back arched, holding a vine in her extended left hand draping over her body
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman with back arched, holding a vine in her extended left hand draping over her body
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman with back arched, holding a vine in her extended left hand draping over her body

Harriet W. Frishmuth
American 1880–1980
The Vine, 1929
Bronze
11 1/4 H. inches

Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with her right arm extended to the side
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with her right arm extended to the side
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with her right arm extended to the side
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with her right arm extended to the side
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with her right arm extended to the side
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with her right arm extended to the side

Harriet W. Frishmuth
American 1880–1980
Allegra, 1929
Bronze
11 1/4 H. inches

Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with hands up
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with hands up
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with hands up
BAlt text: ronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with hands up
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman posing with hands up

Harriet W. Frishmuth
American 1880–1980
Scherzo, 1929
Bronze
23 1/4 H. inches

Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman standing and cradling grapes over her shoulder and into her chest, angle detail view
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman standing and cradling grapes over her shoulder and into her chest, frontal detail view
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman standing and cradling grapes over her shoulder and into her chest, angled view
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman standing and cradling grapes over her shoulder and into her chest, angled view
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman standing and cradling grapes over her shoulder and into her chest, rear view
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman standing and cradling grapes over her shoulder and into her chest, angled view
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman standing and cradling grapes over her shoulder and into her chest, side view
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman standing and cradling grapes over her shoulder and into her chest, rear view
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman standing and cradling grapes over her shoulder and into her chest, frontal view
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of a nude woman standing and cradling grapes over her shoulder and into her chest, bottom detail view

Hariet Whitney Frishmuth
American 1880–1980
Sweet Grapes, 1928
Bronze, dark brown and green patina
19 ½ H. x 4 ¾ W. x 5 D. inches
Signed on base: © HARRIET W FRISHMUTH / 1928
Stamped on base: GORHAM CO. FOUNDERS
Edition of 26 casts

Alt text: Bronze sculpture of eagle preparing to take flight off a rocky point, angled view 
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of eagle preparing to take flight off a rocky point, angled view 
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of eagle preparing to take flight off a rocky point, angled view 
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of eagle preparing to take flight off a rocky point, rear view 
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of eagle preparing to take flight off a rocky point, side view 
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of eagle preparing to take flight off a rocky point, angled view 
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of eagle preparing to take flight off a rocky point, angled view 
Alt text: Bronze sculpture of eagle preparing to take flight off a rocky point, angled view 
Alt text: Detail of eagle sculpture signature and inscription reading

Harriet W. Frishmuth
American 1880–1980
Ruppert Eagle, 1911
Bronze, dark brown patina
17 3/8 H. x 18 W. x 13 ¼ D. inches
Signed on base: HARRIET W. FRISHMUTH / Copyright 1911
Stamped on base: GORHAM CO. FOUNDERS
This model also referenced: Small American Eagle
Edition of 8 casts

Alt text: bronze sculpture of a woman standing
Alt text: bronze sculpture of a woman standing

Harriet Frishmuth
American, 1880-1980
Crest of the Wave, 1926
Bronze, brown and green verdigris patina
66 H. x 16 W. x 15 D. inches
Signed and dated on base: HARRIET W. FRISHMUTH
Stamped on base: GORHAM CO. FOUNDERS / QFMP
Edition of 22

Artist Description

Harriet W. Frishmuth is celebrated for her decorative bronzes and garden sculpture of supple, athletic young women who embody the feeling of youthful vigor and joy. She was born into an upper-middle-class Philadelphian family in 1880. At an early age, Frishmuth moved to Europe and remained there for many years with her mother and two older sisters, where she became a proficient piano player and contemplated a career in music. It was not until she met an American woman sculptor in Switzerland that Frishmuth made her first attempts at modeling. At age nineteen, Frishmuth enrolled in a modeling class in Paris where Auguste Rodin visited biweekly and singled out Frishmuth’s work on occasion. Encouraged by her progress, Frishmuth transferred six months later to the Académie Colarossi in order to receive more regular study.

Frishmuth made her first debut in 1903 at the Salon with a portrait bust of a woman. Soon afterwards, she moved to Germany for two years and then returned to the United States where she settled in New York and took classes at the Art Students League under sculptors such as Gutzon Borglum and Herman Atkins MacNeil. Finally, in 1908 Frishmuth set up her own studio in New York and in 1910 received her first commission: a portrait relief of Dr. Abraham Jacobi for the New York County Medical Society. The first major showing of Frishmuth’s work occurred in 1912 at Gorham Galleries on Fifth Avenue in New York City in a group exhibition with numerous other outstanding women sculptors such as Anna V. Hyatt, Gertrude V. Whitney, Carol Brooks MacNeil and Enid Yandell.

Frishmuth soon turned her attention to the female figure and to garden sculpture. One of her first large garden fountains was Girl with Fish Fountain (also called Young Girl with Fish) which characterizes her prevailing style over the next twenty years. These formal elements include: raised heels, ankles and knees demurely pressed together, shoulders delicately hunched, elbows pulled into the body, and hand bent back with fingers splayed—all of these elements convey messages of coy femininity, vulnerability, and an undeniable measure of self-absorption.

Like many other artists of the time, Frishmuth mostly used professional models, particularly dancers, because they could hold difficult poses at length. But unlike many other artists who used models merely for reference, Frishmuth found inspiration in each model’s personality, which are often reflected in her completed works. She used models of both sexes, but her principal model was a Yugoslavian born dancer, Desha Delteil, who was known professionally as Desha. Frishmuth first hired Desha in 1916 to pose in studio classes that she taught and by the end of the decade, Frishmuth started using Desha for her own work. The dancer had an extraordinary ability to hold interesting poses, even if just for a moment and could duplicate them again on command. Desha had a beautifully proportioned body and could express motion even in her still poses.

In 1928 Gorham Galleries published Famous Small Bronzes, an illustrated hardcover catalog of decorative and garden sculpture cast by Gorham Company Founders which were sold at the Fifth Avenue gallery and by mail order. The great popularity of Frishmuth was evidenced by the fact that nine of her sculptures were represented in the catalog, which was more than twice the representation of any other sculptor. Both the 54-inch and 23-inch models of Playdays were included in the catalog and the 54-inch model was the highest priced work in the catalog offered at $ 3,000.

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