Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1185: General Robert E. Lee Bronze Bust

Auction Date: May 15, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $6,000

General Robert E. Lee Bronze Bust

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Type: Other
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Catalog Page: 146
Class: Other

Frederick Volck (German-Confederate American: 1833-1891). Fredrick Volck sculptured this original bronze of General Lee in 1863 when the Confederate War Dept. in Richmond, VA asked Volck to commemorate the glorious battles that General Lee had won for the South. This sculpture was to rally the southern troops as well as the southern people as the war was still raging with no end in sight for either side. Volck was employed in the Confederate Naval Ordinance Department and took exact measurements of General Lee as well as his horse Traveler. In 1863, Volck cast a limited amount of this bronze bust of General Lee as there was a limited amount of bronze available to the Confederacy as bronze was used for cannons and other armaments for the war. This bronze is from the original Terra cotta mold done by Volck. Dimensions: 19x8x12 inches, weight: 33 lbs. The bronze rest on a 2" thick circular black marble plinth. On the front of the bust underneath it is inscribed "Robert E. Lee" and on the backside also inscribed in block letters "FREDERICK VOLCK, 1863, RICHMOND, VA".

Rating Definition:

Very good with limited storage and handling marks.

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