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Looking at Sculpture: A Hands-on Evening with Conservator Rika Smith

Harry Jackson (American, 1924-2011)Stampede (Lot 278, Estimate: $80,000-120,000)

January 24, 2019 | Reception 5:30PM, Gallery Walk 6PM

Boston Gallery | 63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

Rika Smith, art conservation expert in cast bronze sculpture, will join us for an evening of conversation about all things bronze.

Using artworks presented for the Fine Arts & Painting auction on January 25, 2019 by Isidore Bonheur, Harry Jackson, and Mimmo Paladino, we will examine the sculptures to identify casting methods, finishing techniques, and types of patination. We will also search for signatures and foundry marks. Specific questions regarding each artwork will be answered, and questions about sculpture conservation in general will also be discussed. Held in conjunction with a preview of Skinner’s January 25th auction of American & European Works of Art.


Smith is the principal of Rika Smith McNally & Associates/SculptureCare, serving clients in the Boston area and throughout the US. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and has a master’s degree in conservation from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Art Conservation Program. Smith also has a certificate in conservation from the Harvard University Art Museums and is a fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Her career specialty has been bronze sculpture.

Her most recent major treatment was a monumental Japanese Meiji era cast bronze eagle, currently on exhibition at the McMullen Museum at Boston College.

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