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Lot 19 : ANNA COLEMAN LADD (Philadephia/Boston, 1878-1939)

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ANNA COLEMAN LADD (Philadephia/Boston, 1878-1939)
Anteros Eros, bronze garden sculpture, sgn. A. C. Ladd, Roman Bronze Works NY
32"h; 80"w; 19"d
From a North Shore, Massachusetts home. Ladd's fountain sculpture
Triton Babies is in the Boston Public Gardens. Ladd was founding member of the Guild of Boston Artists in 1914 and exhibited in both the opening show and the traveling exhibition that followed, and where later she held a one-woman show.
During WWI Ladd worked for the American Red Cross in Paris at the Masks for Facial Disfigurement Department. She then founded the American Red Cross "Studio for Portrait-Masks" to provide cosmetic masks to be worn by men who had been badly disfigured in the war. Soldiers would come to Ladd's studio to have a cast made of their face and their features sculpted onto clay or plasticine. This form was then used to construct the prosthetic piece from extremely thin galvanized copper. The metal was painted with hard enamel to resemble the recipient's skin tone. Ladd used real hair to create the eyelashes, eyebrows and mustaches. The prosthesis was attached to the face by strings or eyeglasses.

Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
Realized: $8,000 - Excluding Buyer's Premium

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