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Malvina Cornell Hoffman

(New York, 1887-1966) 

Mongolian Dancer, 1932, 17/18, signed on base "Malvina Hoffman ©", cast in 1968 by Roman Bronze Works, New York, foundry, marked "Roman Bronze Works Inc. N.Y.", patinated bronze, 21-3/4 x 15 x 6-1/4 in.; laminate base, 1 x 16 x 7-1/2 in.

Note: “These people are individuals, not types", Hoffman said in 1961 of the Chicago Field Museum’s “Races of Mankind” series she was commissioned to make in 1930. The exhibit for the 105 sculptures opened in 1933, housed in the Hall of Man at the Field Museum of Natural History. It was also exhibited at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair and the 1938 New York World's Fair. The sculptures were subsequently stored as the series became more uncomfortable in the context for which it was made. The sculptures have since been resurrected in an appreciation of this fine sculptor. 

Exhibited: The Wichita Art Museum, Kansas, "American Art of the Great Depression: Two Sides of the Coin," October 27 - December 1-1985, catalog pp. 49, 65, 142, Figure 147

Literature: Henry Field, The Races of Mankind, Sculptures by Malvina Hoffman, Anthropology Leaflet 30, (Chicago: Field Museum of Natural History, 1937), Malvina Hoffman, Heads and Tales, (New York, 1943), p. 225.

Provenance:The Malvina Hoffman Estate with Berry-Hill Gallery, New York, purchased for $35,000 (accompanied by a copy of the original receipt, provenance and exhibition history); Private Georgia Collection


blue green patination, some abrasions to bow

Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
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