Lot 15
American (b. 1944)
Panther Table (1989)
patinated bronze, glass
16 x 40 x 50 1/2 inches
©JKM/1989/ numbered 10/12

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Price Realized: $71,500
Includes buyer's premium

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from a private New York collection
very good condition, there are a few areas of loss to the patina on the top of the panthers, each has an extremely small loss of patina on the face of the figure, and a more discernible loss at the points of contact on the tails where the glass rests
executed by Mussi Artworks Foundry, Berkeley, California

panthers designated unique by 'A' and 'B' inscription on underside of each
After more than twenty years of working in wood, McKie began casting in bronze, describing this material transition, “I can do things in metal I couldn’t do in wood. Metal gives a sense of permanence and age.” The ‘Jaguar Table offered here beautifully display McKie’s talent to combine whimsy with superb craftsmanship. The finely cast creatures, enhanced with a rich, dark brown patina, is normally a fearsome beast in nature. In McKie’s unique interpretation, the jaguars display a curvilinear graphic quality that is both elegant and balanced.