Baseball "Striker" and Pitcher
Patinated zinc alloy
Overall: 11 x 8 x 4 in. ( 27.9 x 20.3 x 10.2 cm )
Among the earliest statuettes of baseball players, these figures were cast by New York City founder Nicholas Müller and designed by his brother, Karl Müller, a designer for the Union Porcelain Works in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The figures are made from zinc alloy and patinated to resemble bronze. A contemporary newspaper account described the pair of figures as "so thoroughly good that we shall be surprised if they do not speedily become very popular . . . They are true to nature to a degree that modern sculpture, even what is called the best of it, very rarely reaches, but they satisfy the claims of art as well."
Purchase, Foster-Jarvis Fund
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