Abraham Lincoln - Item #44
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Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
30 Inches High x 19 Inches Wide x 12 Inches Deep
Chicago-based sculptor Leonard Volk (1828-1895) created a life-mask of Lincoln in 1860 in preparation for a bust. He used it as the basis for several other busts as well, including this one. Perhaps made after Lincoln's assassination, it was likely the last version Volk designed. In the piece, Lincoln wears a toga to hark back to the politicians of ancient Rome, signifying his greatness as President. Volk decided to create two versions of the bust with one difference between them: the presence or absence of the beard. Purchasers could choose the bust that depicted the President in the way they remembered him most. Volk's mask of Lincoln was used by other artists for reference as well. The mask, as well as the one created by Clark Mills of Lincoln in 1865, have given us unmistakable records of the 16th president's face.
Artist: Leonard Volk
Time Period: Modern- 19th century
1911 Catalog ID # - 5448
"Abraham Lincoln: Dated 1860 Plaster Bust by Leonard Volk." September 17, 2016 auction. Heritage Auctions, https://historical.ha.com/itm/political/3d-and-other-display-pre-1896-/abraham-lincoln-dated-1860-plaster-bust-by-leonard-volk/a/6163-43109.s.
Byrd, Cecil K. "Some Notes on Thomas D. Jones, Sculptor of Lincoln." The Indiana University Bookman, no. 2, November 1957, pp. 27-28. IUScholarWorks, https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/bookman/article/view/3737.
"Leonard Volk." Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Volk.
"Volk, Leonard Abraham Lincoln Bust reproduction." Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc., http://alincolnbookshop.com/product/abraham-lincoln-bust-by-leonard-volk/.