Rue bought this piece from a gallery in Ojai, California. Rue was there visiting her friend – the great ceramicist Beatrice Wood who lived to be 105-years-old – when she spotted this piece and whipped out her Amex card. In fact, Rue did quite a bit of damage on the old Amex at that gallery, eventually spending $85,000 there! We have no idea what this 12″ square copper piece is actually worth, and we may be giving away a treasure (again!), but everything has to go and we just know Rue is always thrilled when one of her fans scores a deal on her site. The artist’s name is Deborah-Pamela Malott-Rae, or perhaps that is more than one person, we do not know. We do know you can see the piece hanging on the wall of Rue’s foyer (the woman in the fur wrote “The Artist’s Way,” but even so, Rue was not thrilled with the fur in her house!). We also know that one day an incident led to the foot being broken off the ceramic man sitting in the copper square. Instead of making a big deal about it, and possibly making the person feel awful, a drop of Superglue was applied and the foot stuck back on. If this is an extremely valuable piece of fine art, you may want to have a professional art restorer deal with the Superglued foot, but in the moment, it was absolutely the right thing to do. The sculpture (?) comes with prints of the photos shown and a Certificate of Authenticity from Estate of Rue.
Side Note – Rue so loved Beatrice Wood and Ojai that we sprinkled some of her ashes with Beatrice’s at her house in Happy Valley.