"Leaping Gazelle" (1973)

Now available: “Leaping Gazelle”, 1973, by Marshall M. Fredericks (1908-1998)

This Bronze sculpture, entitled "Leaping Gazelle," was Fredericks' first commission in 1936 for which he won numerous awards.  Fredericks sculpted the gazelle in a characteristic movement called wheeling, which is when an animal quickly changes direction while being pursued by a predator.  Incised signature in gold "Marshall M Fredericks" on base.  This figure dates from the late 1970's or early 1980's.  Original deep Green mottled patina with slight wear, the tip of the right antler has been professionally re-attached.  Figure 16 x 14 x 30 1/2" high mounted on a tapered stone base 15 x 13 x 6" high and includes a Rosewood veneered display pedestal (some damage at the pedestal base) 16 x 14 x 42 1/2" high.

 

 

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 Marshal M. Fredericks  (1908-1998)

Born in 1908, Fredericks graduated from the Cleveland School of Art in 1930 after studying in Paris, Berlin, and Stockholm with Carl Milles. Fredericks obtained a fellowship at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1931, joining the faculty in 1932. He taught at Cranbrook for nine years, during which he completed his first commissioned project: the Barbour Fountain on Belle Isle in Detroit. During the Depression, Fredericks completed structural reliefs for Post Offices in Sandwich, Illinois, and River Rouge, Michigan, for which he was awarded Gold Medals by the American Institute of Architects (1952) and the Architectural League (1955). In 1961 he was commissioned to execute a fountain for the new State Department Building in Washington, D.C.

His commissions in Michigan are numerous; his Detroit works include a carved stone eagle and seven pylons for the Veteran’s, a monumental bronze “Spirit of Detroit” for the City-County building, a 140-foot wrought iron and repousse metal relief for the Ford Auitorium, the Macauley Memorial (“Flying Geese”) in Elmwood Cemetery, and the whimsical “Boy and Bear” at the Northland Center. He is also the creator of the Catholic Shrine in Indian River.

The influence of the Cranbrook philosophy is evident in the monumental character of Fredericks’s work, particularly in his belief that should be integrally related to the surrounding architecture. His artistic contribution to the Detroit landscape was honored in 1972 when the mayor of Detroit proclaimed August 18th as “Marshall Fredericks Day”.

 

 

 

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