Pasquale Giovanni Napolitano (1901-2001 Los Angeles, CA)

plaster on wooden base
17'' H x 18'' W

  • Provenance: Provenance: Estate of P.G. and Emma Amelia Napolitano; by descent in the family to the present owner
  • Notes: Note: Father Junipero Serra was the founder of the California Missions. In 1945, Napolitano was commissioned to produce a larger than life-sized sculpture of Father Serra for Serra Retreat Center in Malibu, CA. The sculptor's family confirms that the present work is the head from the original 7 foot sculpture that cracked during firing. The second cast was successful and still stands at Serra Retreat Center. Also accompanying the lot are: a January 16, 1951 Look magazine featuring an article about Padre Serra, ''A Saint May Rise From the California Missions'', pp. 23-28, along with another original copy of just the article, a black and white photo postcard of the Serra Retreat Center sculpture in situ and a cover of the November 9, 1973 Twin Circle newspaper featuring a photo of the Serra Retreat sculpture. Dimensions of the base: 3'' H x 17'' W x 12.5'' D
  • Condition: Visual: Generally good condition with dirt and dust in the crevices. Manufacturing (ventilation) holes in the figure's ears, on the tops of his head and shoulders. A small area of scattered surface color losses on the upper center of his hood. The wooden base roughly finished, with losses and heavy dirt. AS-IS. ALL SALES FINAL.

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June 15, 2010 6:30 PM PDT
Pasadena, CA, US

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