Mahonri MacKintosh Young (1877-1957)
'Elephant': A Pair of Bookends
each, inscribed 'YOUNG' (on the base)–numbered '#52 and stamped 'GORHAM CO. FOUNDERS/Q469' (along the base)
bronze with brown patina
512 in. (13.9 cm.) high;
718 in. (18 cm.) long
Private collection, 1940s.
By descent to the present owner from the above.
The Gorham Company, Bronze Division, Famous Small Bronzes, New York, 1928, pp. 40-41, other examples illustrated.
Graham Gallery, The Animal in Sculpture, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1987, pp. 74, 85, other examples illustrated (as Pushing Elephants).
J. Conner, J. Rosenkranz, Rediscoveries in American Sculpture: Studio Works 1893-1939, Houston, Texas, 1989, p. 186n.24.
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The elephant bookends are one of the artist's most successful models and were cast by both the Gorham and Griffoul foundries.

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