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LOT 231
Large Historic Framed Oil Painting of Civil War Union Brigadier General Franz Sigel - This large portrait depicts Brigadier General Franz Sigel in uniform with his left hand extended and resting on a chair. Sigel, a German immigrant, joined the United States Army in 1861 as a Colonel and took part in the capture of Camp Jackson. Sigel was promoted to Brigadier General during Abraham Lincoln’s abolitionist push. As a Brigadier General, Sigel would serve with Nathaniel Lyon until Lyon’s death at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek. Following his campaign in Missouri, Sigel would be stationed in the Shenandoah River Valley where he fought unsuccessfully against Stonewall Jackson. Sigel would be put on light duty until 1864 when he was in charge of the opening of the Valley Campaign where he was swiftly defeated by John C. Breckinridge. The painting is housed in a large gold painted, carved, wooden frame with a lamp at the top to light the painting and biographical plaque at the bottom. The oil painting measures 44 inches by 29 inches. The frame overall measures 56 inches by 42 inches.
CONDITION: Fine with some light storage and handling marks, separating in the corners of the frame, and crazing of the painting. Estimate: 2,500 - 5,000
LOT 232
The Council of War Statue by John Rogers - This plaster cast statue depicts Lincoln, Grant, and Stanton discussing the appropriate measures and strategy for the Civil War. The cast
is covered in a layer of gray-white paint. The base of the sculpture is signed on the ground below Lincoln’s knee, and the patent is marked behind Grant. The front of the base is marked “THE COUNCIL OF WAR”. John Rogers was known in his day as “The People’s Artist” due to the affordable prices of his plaster casts. He was exceedingly popular among the middle class.
It is rumored that while on the Western Frontier, George Armstrong Custer carried a Rogers sculpture with him to remind him of the civilization of the East. The sculpture measures 24 inches tall, 17 inches wide, and 13 inches deep
CONDITION: Fine, showing limited storage and handling marks with numerous scattered small spots of flaking on the finish.
Estimate: 3,500 - 6,500

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