20 Reasons To Love Americana, Day 7

Today’s blog showcasing standout examples of Americana that will be offered at the Winter Antiques Show January 19–29 at New York City’s Park Avenue Armory considers garden antiques with this fanciful pair of animal figures.

A pair of composition stone rabbits by Charles Rudy (1904–1986), each rabbit pictured as sitting on its haunches, will be featured in the booth of Barbara Israel Garden Antiques, New York City and Katonah, N.Y.

Using the heraldic terms to describe the contour of the animals, one rabbit is facing to the sinister (left) while the other is turned to dexter (right). Clearly, these rabbits could be set atop gateposts or somewhere where they could flank an entrance and would look right at home.

Signed “Charles Rudy 1935,” the rabbits stand 23 inches tall each and are set on bases measuring 11½ by 11¾ inches. They have a wonderful, mossy aged surface.

Pennsylvania-based sculptor Charles Rudy received his training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and his works were exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery, the Carnegie Institute and the National Sculpture Society, among other major institutions. He is known for several important public commissions, including the Confederate War Memorial at Stone Mountain in Georgia, a limestone figure of Noah at the General Post Office in the Bronx (Rudy was awarded this commission by judges Paul Manship and Edward McCartan), and two portraits of Benjamin Franklin on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The sculptor served for ten years as the head of Cooper Union’s sculpture department.

The provenance for these rabbits is from a Newport, R.I., estate. Not surprisingly, an identical pair is at the teahouse at Newport’s once-grandest Victorian mansion along Bellevue Avenue, Chateau-sur-Mer, the former home of the Wetmore family.

For more information, www.bi-gardenantiques.com or 212-744-6281. Make sure to visit the dealer’s booth at the Winter Antiques Show to see this and other fine garden antiques. For show information, www.winterantiquesshow.com or 212-987-0446.

–Andrea Valluzzo


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