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Rare Bronze Plaque Celebrating Penn Relays with Male Nudes, by Tait McKenzie

$3,950

About

Large and rare, this bronze bas relief plaque was created by the world's leading sculptor of young athletes for the University of Pennsylvania's Relay Carnival, now known as the Penn Relays, a prestigious track and field event for college athletes across America. It depicts four nude youths receiving the victory laurel from a seated Benjamin Franklin, founder of the university. Robert Tait McKenzie modeled the athletes in 1925 after four celebrated University runners, three of whom were also Olympic champions. This piece showcases McKenzie's skillful modeling of the human figure, and maintains an unusually gorgeous, ruddy-brown finish, as well as its original beveled walnut plaque. Modeled in 1925, this example is an especially early example, dating from 1938.

Details

  • Creator
    R. Tait McKenzie 1 (Sculptor)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 1 in. (2.54 cm)Diameter: 13 in. (33.02 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    CastBronze
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1925-1938
  • Condition
    Overall excellent condition; minor scuffs to walnut and bronze patina.
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU865114133301

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $45 Standard Shipping
    to Continental US, arrives in 6-18 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Philadelphia, PA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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