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# 7118. A wax military figure under glass. Pictured is a rare item purchased by Mrs. John Nicholas Brown, Harbor Court, Newport. Anne Seddon Kinsolving Brown (1906-1985) was an American historian, socialite, and collector of military memorabilia who married into the prominent Rhode Island Brown family, founders of Brown University. Anne Brown began collecting lead toy soldiers during the couple's year-long honeymoon trip to Europe in 1930. Eventually her interest expanded dramatically to a large collection of military memorabilia, which on her death became the "Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection. She was also an historian co-founding the Company of Military Historians in 1949. She wrote many book and article related to military history. Harbor Court today serves as the site of the New York Yacht Club. This piece was purchased from Christian M. Nebehay Antiques in Vienna Austria. Nebehay (1909-2003) was an Austrian art dealer, art collector and author. He became internationaly known in the art world for his works on Gustave Klimt and Egon Schiele. Artworks from Nebehay's gallery are exhibited at the world's most important museums today including (in America) the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Mrs. Brown purchased this piece, probably along with many other items, and had all shipped to her home in Newport. Size of the frame is 23" x 17" and the wax figure is 12.5" x 6.5". Mrs. Brown probably purchased this piece around 1950-53. Age: Biedermeier era: 1820-1830. Condition, minor scuffs, the fabric has probably been replaced. A rare example of Newport's end of the "gilded age" history. POR.
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