Lot # 77: The Pinehurst Putter Boy Sun Dial Statue

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 1 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring 2022",
which ran from 3/3/2022 12:00 PM to
3/19/2022 8:00 PM

This Pinehurst Country Club bronze "Putter Boy" statue measures approximately 6 1/2" tall with the base measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2". This sculpture, made to function as a sun dial, is modeled after the much larger bronze created for Pinehurst that sits near Pinehurst's putting green. The smaller solid bronze Putter Boys were made by Balfour, a Jewelry company whose sticker is still on the underside of this base. These smaller Putter Boys were made by Balfour in no less than two different sizes. This is the rare 6 1/2" tall size, as opposed to the 9" tall example that sold in the last auction.

A 2014 article by Lee Pace tells the story of Pinehurst famous bronze golf boy.  I quote in part:

"In 1912, sculptress Lucy Richards used the lad as the model for her bronze statuette in sundial form. Since Richards wasn’t a golfer, [Donald] Ross demonstrated the proper grip and stance for her—but the image is not of Ross, who was a grown man at the time.

"The shaft of the club created the shadow that would be used on the sundial to tell time, and in order to get the proper angle, the length of the club had to be inordinately long.

"The statue was known as “The Sundial Boy” until the 1970s, when “The Putter Boy” name caught on."

More information about Richards, the sculptor who created the bronze Pinehurst putter boy, is found in a September 4, 2015 article by Paul Dunn:

"Pinehurst Resort owner Leonard Tufts commissioned Richards, a distinguished Boston sculptor, to create an iconic figure to represent the resort to guests and ultimately to golfers throughout the world. She was a friend of Leonard’s wife, Gertrude Ware Sise Tufts.

"Richards had studied at The Boston Museum School, and in Europe with Kops in Dresden, Enstritz in Berlin, and at the Paris Académie Julian when Thomas Hart Benton, Henri Matisse, Diego Rivera and Edward Steichen also attended. Her bronzes were featured at the 1912 Chicago Art Institute Exhibition and 1915 San Francisco Panama-Pacific Exhibition.

"Her inspiration was Pinehurst Resort’s “Golf Lad,” who appeared in early advertising and on calendars sent each year to guests. Roman Bronze Works’ archives show that Lucy Richards paid a fee of $50 for one bronze casting of a “Golf Boy Sun Dial” on Aug. 5, 1910. That may have been the one she presented to the Tufts."

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