Provenance: The collection of Joseph Thomas Alvarez III, California.
N.B. The lot is accompanied by a notarized certificate of origin signed by Harry Jackson and dated February 19, 1985.
The sculpture portrays Clayton Danks on Steamboat. Danks was the high sheriff of Fremont County, Wyoming, and was described by Harry Jackson as one of the best bronc riders and steer ropers for twenty years starting at the turn of the century. In his notes, Jackson recalled the challenge of crafting a bronze that is both physically and metaphysically balanced. (1)
1. Larry Pointer and Donald Goddard, Harry Jackson, (New York: Harry N. Abrams Inc., 1981), p. 262. Estimate $15,000-25,000
Titled incised on the front of the bronze pedestal reads, "CLAYTON DANKS/ON/OLD STEAMBOAT/TWO CHAMPS/1907/1909/CHEYENNE/WYOMING."
Losses to the polychrome as follows: to the outside edge of the horse's right rear leg, to two spots on the tips of the horse'e mane, to the horse's front left hoof and some traces of his tail (where red paint is visible).
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