PIECE ON DISPLAY AT ATTRACTION KNOWN FOR ITS FOCUS ON SOUTHWESTERN ART, ARTIFACTS
The Bryan Museum prides itself for housing the largest collection of its kind in the world. More than 70,000 items span 12,000 years, with an emphasis on historical artifacts, documents and art relating to the Southwestern United States.
So it’s no surprise that Charles Umlauf’s sculpture Madonna and Child, 1963, offered Heritage’s Texas art auction in May 2015, now sits in a prominent position at the Galveston museum (top).
The cast bronze with green patina sculpture, consigned from the Estate of Ruth Carter Stephenson to benefit the Amon Carter Museum, stands 88 inches high.
In addition to Texas art, the museum displays treasures ranging from ancient Native American cultural artifacts to 21st century pieces – rare German, French, Spanish and English documents, saddles, spurs, antique firearms, rare maps and books, religious and folk art, and portraits.
Umlauf (1911-1994), born in Michigan, taught at the University of Texas for 40 years.
LONGTIME FAN WINS ‘ROCKY’ COAT
The auction of Sylvester Stallone’s personal memorabilia at the end of last year was a once-in-a-lifetime event for film fans everywhere.
Among the happiest winning bidders was medical device company executive Atul Joshi, who paid $13,750 for a cashmere overcoat Stallone wore in Rocky III.
“I first saw Stallone in Rocky III in a 1985 re-release in Mumbai, India,” Joshi says. “I was then 16 years old – the proverbial 90-pound weakling, living in one of the poorer neighborhoods in Mumbai, and going through a rough patch. The movie quite literally changed my life.”
GIFT FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD
After collector Charles Grichar purchased a 5-ton equine sculpture by Anna Hyatt Huntington, he put it on display in his Houston neighborhood.
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“The Torch Bearers,” which had stood watch over the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, Conn., since 1963, was featured in a December 2013 Heritage auction. Today, the bronze sculpture sits on a lot Grichar owns in Lindale Park, a 1930s-era housing development near the city’s downtown.
“People in the neighborhood love it,” says Grichar, an engineer for National Oilwell Varco. “It’s become a neighborhood landmark.”
Huntington (1876-1973), a native of Massachusetts, was a prominent New York City sculptor. In 1915, she was the first woman to create a public monument in the city. Her pieces have been displayed at Columbia University, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and the Bronx Zoo.