Funeral Scaffold of a Sioux Chief


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BODMER, Karl. Todtengeruste Eines Sioux-Chefs. Echafaudage Funeraire d'un Chef Sioux (Funeral Scaffold of a Sioux Chief, Near Fort Pierre). FROM: PRINCE MAXIMILLIAN zu WIED-NEUWIED. Travels in the Interior Parts of North America. Paris: Arthus Bertrand (Imprimé de Bougeard), [1839]. Original hand-colored engraving, plate impression measures approximately 16 by 14 inches, handsomely matted and framed, entire piece measures 28 by 30 inches. $6000.

Fine hand-colored folio plate (number 11), first state, from the magnificent Atlas volume for Maximilian Wied-Neuwied's Travels in the Interior of North America.

Travels in the Interior of North America was originally published in German in 1839-41. A French translation followed in 1840-43 and an English translation in 1843. The Atlas included 33 vignettes in addition to the 48 beautiful folio plates. "Bodmer's watercolors are perhaps the most accurate works of art ever made of American Indians during the nineteenth century. His attention in detail to beadwork, personal symbols, clothing, accoutrements, and facial expression make these portraits precious documents of a lost world" (Robert Moore). "With the name of the artist—"C. Bodmer Direct"— stamped in blind on each of the forty-eight large plates, this work is the most beautiful, faithful and vivid ever produced depicting western plains and Indians" (Howes M443a). This superb hand-colored scene of a Sioux funeral platform is folio number 11 (with the requisite three separate imprint statements, captions in German, French, and English, and the embossed stamp). First state, without a date in the imprint statement. Ruud, 116. See Howes M443a. Wagner-Camp 76. Streeter III:1809.

Almost imperceptible foxing to margins (not affecting the quality of the image). A very desirable and rare Bodmer, in near-fine condition.

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