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Object name: The Wicked Pony

Accession Number: 41.61

Date : 1898

Dimensions: H: 21.625 in, L: 22 in, width: 9.5 in, base depth: 1.625 in, Base Length: 19.875 in, Base Width: 8.625 in

Credit Line: Gift of The Coe Foundation

Remarks: On the label of The Wicked Pony in the the Whitney Gallery, I used the wording “cast no. 3 of edition of approx. 8.” The Historical Center’s cast is definitely number 3; I based an estimate on the edition size on a combination of Greenbaum’s research, Shapiro’s research and other knowledge. Greenbaum only identifies 7 known casts (six Henry-Bonnard and one Roman Bronze) and all are located. Shapiro, in earlier research, listed more casts, but he said that his lists were not an endorsement of authenticity. We now believe that some casts he listed are not authentic such as cast no. 9. The Wicked Pony was cast primarily by nineteenth century firm, The Henry-Bonnard Foundry and there are no ledger books for that foundry as there were for Roman Bronze. So it is still possible that they produced more bronzes than the six Henry-Bonnard casts Greenbaum identified.

Inscription: Side of base, left side near rear: Copyrighted by/Frederic Remington 1898, Right side, on top of base: Frederic Remington, Stamped in top of base, right, in & upper of F: 3, Stamped in top base, under man's chin: 3, Stamped underneath base: 3, Written underneath base in white crayon: A6174, Inscribed underneath base: 3/M

Synopsis: Sculpture- The Wicked Pony- The Fallen Rider - Remington, Frederic- The Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company- bronze- Figure- Animal- Cowboy- Side of base, left side near rear: Copyrighted by/Frederic Remington 1898, Right side, on top of base: Frederic Remington, Stamped in top of base, right, in & upper of F: 3, Stamped in top base, under man's chin: 3, Stamped underneath base: 3, Written underneath base in white crayon: A6174, Inscribed underneath base: 3/M- On the label of The Wicked Pony in the the Whitney Gallery, I used the wording “cast no. 3 of edition of approx. 8.” The Historical Center’s cast is definitely number 3; I based an estimate on the edition size on a combination of Greenbaum’s research, Shapiro’s research and other knowledge. Greenbaum only identifies 7 known casts (six Henry-Bonnard and one Roman Bronze) and all are located. Shapiro, in earlier research, listed more casts, but he said that his lists were not an endorsement of authenticity. We now believe that some casts he listed are not authentic such as cast no. 9. The Wicked Pony was cast primarily by nineteenth century firm, The Henry-Bonnard Foundry and there are no ledger books for that foundry as there were for Roman Bronze. So it is still possible that they produced more bronzes than the six Henry-Bonnard casts Greenbaum identified.

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Donnie L's deep thoughts

My Wicked Pony has the Henry Bonnard Bronze Co Founders N Y 1895 stamped on the side. It looks to be cast or stamped when the bronze was made. I have only found one other that has a date other than the 1898 copyright date that most should have. It was found by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at the bequest of Jacob Ruppert, 1939 (39.65.48a,b) it had the date 1896. I believe it is possible that Mr Remington could have finished The Wicked Pony before he left for Cuba on assignment and was planning on returning and approving the castings at that time. The fire at the Henry Bonnard Foundry and the poor quality of sand casting led him to Roman Works eventually. It seems rather foolish for a person to put the wrong date on a copy if he is trying to sell it as an original. The bronze has a loose part inside that knocks around making noise if you tip or tilt the bronze at different angles. It appears to be sand cast and has some of the sand under the base and in tight places on the bronze. It has no copyright date and only a signature on the top of the base. Your comments will be appreciated and it, video of it, or pictures could be forwarded if your interested. Thanks again Donnie Laas donl66@comcast.net