Wheeler Williams Neoclassical Lead Garden Statues Sculptures
Included here are four lead statues by Wheeler Williams (American, 1897-1972), from his Childhood of the Gods series from 1939, including Pan, Venus, Neptune and Amphitrite. Each measures approximately 32 by 8 by 12 inches. Included are Pan, Venus, Neptune and Amphitrite. All four have old, professional restorations to cracks extending around the front of the waist, and all but Venus shows similar restorations visible on the rear. There is a restoration to the shoulder of Neptune. We cannot rule out the possibility of other restorations, and are selling this collection "as-is".
Williams studied sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale, and achieved a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard in 1922. Williams was a recipient of a Gould Medal at the Paris Exposition in 1937. He was a member of the National Academy, past president of the Fine Arts Federation of New York, and president of the National Sculpture Society. Wheeler was also the founder and president of the American Artist Professional League. Dozens of his sculptures can be found in public locations throughout the U.S., and his work can be found in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, The Navy Museum, Norton Museum of Art (West Palm Beach), Harvard Art Museum, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, among others. His works periodically appear a major auction. The highest hammer price for a sculpture by Williams occurred at Sotheby's in New York on May 19, 2004, when lot 159, containing four figurines measuring 41 inches each, entitled The Four Seasons, was offered with an estimate of $50,000-$70,000, and sold for $90,000.