OSCAR BACH (1884 - 1957)
Important sculptural Florentine door, New York, 1930
Steel, bronze, copper, with silver and nickel plating
Stamped OSCAR BACH FECIT 1930
83" x 37 3/4" x 2" (door only), 85" x 45 1/2" x 8 1/2" (with frame)
Provenance: Michael E. Paterno, Lincoln Building (60 E. 42nd St.), New York
Private collection, Cherry Hill, NJ
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Royall, Jr., Richmond, VA
Michael E. Paterno, a prominent New York builder, commissioned renowned metalworker Oscar Bach (1884 - 1957) to create this magnificent entranceway door to his 50th floor penthouse apartment in the Lincoln Building. A tribute to Paterno’s success and career, Bach depicts him as a master builder of medieval Florence with the following Italian inscription bordering the scene, translated: “Only a man of high character and noble genius obtains honor, command, power, and glory.” The door is part of the distinguished collection of Pamela K. and William A. Royall, Jr., who not only avidly collected Bach’s work, but pursued the identification, documentation and interpretation of his oeuvre, including the lobby panel for the Empire State Building.
Oxidation to enamel. Finish wear/loss to patinated surfaces throughout. Dark patina to bronze. Very slight bend to handle. One Fleur de lis element broken but attached to door. Missing hinges, interior handle, and mounting screws/bolts. Inner and outer jambs, oak threshold, lock cylinder, and bottom hinge present. Missing pin to bottom hinge. Good vintage condition.
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