When we first walked into work after Thanksgiving break, we were greeted by this monumental sculpture, The Three Kings by Bernard “Tony” Rosenthal, one of the latest consignments for the March 6, 2011 Modern Art & Design auction. Peter immediately gravitated towards his collection of Arts & Architecture magazines; he knew exactly where to find it.
The Three Kings was featured in the Arts & Architecture November 1953 issue, showcased on the cover with a photograph of Rosenthal’s studio. From page 13 through 15, a special feature on Tony Rosenthal exemplifies his most recent group of sculptures, which includes The Three Kings. As noted in the 1953 article, Rosenthal was a pioneering force in art by bringing together architecture and sculpture, thus expanding the role of the sculptor and his/her importance in an architectural environment.
This sculpture is being consigned by the original owner who was a Broadway actress in New York City in the early 1950s. The owner bought The Three Kings from the Catherine Viviano Gallery in New York City sometime during her stay in the early 1950s. In 1956, she moved to Los Angeles where this piece has remained in her possession ever since.
Bernard “Tony” Rosenthal
The Three Kings
Signed and dated 1953
Approximately 4 feet high
Estimate $8,000 – 12,000
March 6, 2011 Auction