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October 26, 2017 10:00 AMCalender

The Biter Bit Bronze Sculpture by Karl Muller

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Auction: Sale #3034M - 3034MLocation: MarlboroughDate / Time: October 26, 2017 10:00AM


The Biter Bit Bronze Sculpture by Karl Muller, c. 1864, depicting an African American soldier with a dead dog on his bayonet, marked on the front "The Biter Bit. 1863," and on the right side "K MULLER/1864," and on the top of the pedestal "P.E. Guerlin Manufacturer NY," with a carte-de-visite of the sculpture and green-painted base, sculpture ht. 30 in.

Provenance: The collection of Nicholas A. Penachio.

Note: Southern troops later in the war employed the use of bloodhounds to attack black troops as they had with escaped slaves. An excerpt from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, dated March 5, 1864, mentions this "An affair at Pocatalego, in December, showed the uselessness of the canine auxiliaries of rebellion. As the rebels attacked the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, the bloodhounds rushed upon them, but were soon shot or speared on the bayonets of the men, who held aloft, with no little exultation, the beasts that had been so long a terror to their race."
Estimate $3,000-5,000

Sculpture is in very fine condition.

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Frank Leslie, Nicholas A. Penachio, Karl Muller