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  • "Mutual Surprise" (1907), bronze sculpture | Edwin Willard Deming
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"Mutual Surprise" (1907), bronze sculpture | Edwin Willard Deming

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Signed to edge "COPYRIGHT 1907 BY EW DEMING" & "Roman Bronze Works N.Y."
Item # 912IUT09 

A humorous look at the gentler side of nature, this rare and exceptional work depicts a young bear cup surprised when crossing paths with a snapping turtle. Undaunted by the size difference, the turtle's rearing head strains its neck with muscles and tendons pulling beneath the taught skin while the awkward young bear takes a step back. A departure from his more savage scenes of nature and survival, this is a work that captures Deming's affection for the wilderness completely. It almost seems to be a continuation of his 1905 cast "Bear and Tortoise" where a young bear touches a tortoise with his paw.

The exact same model is held in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is a fine model that is very rarely available on the open market.

Literature & Further Reading:

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 08.69
  • Bronzes of the American West, Patricia Janis Broder, p. 60-61, pl. 55
  • American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Volume I: A Catalogue of Works by Artists born before 1865, Thayer Tollis editor, 1999, p. 373

Measurements: 9 1/2" H x 8" W x 3 1/2" D

Condition Report:
Excellent original condition, no flaws.