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Baseball "Striker" and Pitcher

Baseball "Striker" and Pitcher
Title
Baseball "Striker" and Pitcher
Date 
1868
Medium 
Patinated zinc alloy
Dimensions 
Overall: 11 x 8 x 4 in. ( 27.9 x 20.3 x 10.2 cm )
Description 
Figures
Credit Line 
Purchase, Foster-Jarvis Fund
Object Number 
1957.213ab
Gallery Label 
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."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group