Included in this lot is a C.A. Beil "Banff Bighorn" Bronze Sculpture. Charles A. Beil, was a Canadian sculptor best known for his sculptures of cowboys and the plain Indians of the early West. He was a protégé and friend of artist Charles Marion Russell. He was born in Germany and left at the age of 11. He worked for some time in South America before making his way to North America, where he discovered his love of the Wild West and the Frontier. It was Russell who encouraged him to start creating art, and inspired him to start working with pencil and clay. Beil moved to Banff, Alberta in the 1930s, where he began to take an interest in casting clay into bronze. Beil created the trophies for the Calgary Stampede for over 20 years. This bronze sculpture shows a European style rams head and features a brass name plate with the title "Banff Bighorn" and the artists name. The bronze is signed by the artist and numbered 8/60. The piece measures 6 3/4" round by 4 1/2" tall.
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