Brooklyn Bronze Bust of Christ (19th Century) *(#56529)
Bronze bust of the head of Christ. Inscribed on verso: Cast from a part of the Bell of the City Hall Brooklyn, N.Y. Destroyed Feb. 26th 1895. 19th century. Height 5 3/4 inches, base 2 3/4 inches deep x 3 1/2 inches wide. Foundry and source of commission unknown. Provenance: On February 26, 1895, Brooklyn City Hall (today Brooklyn Borough Hall) caught fire. Per Brooklyn Borough Halls website, the fire started because of a lighted gas jet in a third floor closet. The fire left significant damage, destroying the clock and bell tower, as well as most of the top floor. Following the destruction of the bell, several commemorative items were made from the remnants of the bell. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle made mention of a plaque done by Gorham Manufacturing Company and a bell made of 8 lbs of metal from the bell that was given as a prize in 1899. These items bore inscriptions similar to the one on this bust. Notice to bidders: Condition reports and additional photographs are provided by request as a courtesy to our clients, as such any condition report is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. The absence of a condition report does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free of defects, imperfections, restoration, wear and tear, or the effects of aging. Capo Auction shall have no responsibility for any error or omission, additionally all lots are sold As Is and in accordance with the conditions of sale.
High Estimate $1000
Low Estimate $800