Antique 1883 Hand Painted John Rogers Neighboring Pews Plaster Sculpture - Victorian Sculpture, Church, Hymnal, Gentlemen, Lady

$496.80 $621.00

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Here is a fabulous hand painted plaster sculpture by John Rogers. His sculptures have been featured in major historic collections of the Smithsonian and White House.

In Neighboring Pews, a gentleman flirtatiously directs a young woman to the correct page in her hymnal as an older lady looks on with an expression Rogers called "[indignation] at the preference shown." It seems that no one pays attention to the ceremony at hand—a young boy in the front pew tries on the man's hat and gloves, oblivious to the scene unfolding behind him.

Rogers sent pictures of his work to newspapers with the hopes that they would write articles to promote his art. This often worked, and he was one of the first artists to use images to sell his work. Neighboring Pews was first released in time for Christmas 1883, and newspapers advertised it as an excellent gift, especially for pastors.

Signature and date are inscribed into top of base: JOHN ROGERS / NEW YORK / 1883

↣ 13" wide
↣ 16" long
↣ 19" tall

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The piece is in good vintage condition with age appropriate wear. There is a repaired crack on the end of the pew bench and on the little boys hand ( photo #4, 5). There are also lots of chips and small nicks throughout. Please ask questions by sending a message to me. I am happy to provide additional photos. Please see photos for more details and don't forget to use the zoom feature!

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