Thomas Knapp is listed in Who's Who in the West and Who's Who in American Art. and was considered the number three sculpture of Western art after Frederick Remmington.
Thomas Knapp (1925 - 2016) was a sculptor, painter, and teacher mainly known for his Western themed works. He was a Walt Disney animator for 35 years. His work is in many public and private collections around the world, including lifesize and larger bronze sculptures.
My father bought this limited edition bronze on a business trip in 1973 or early 1974, and remained in the family since that time.
The bronze is a total of 11.25" high. The solid wood base is 6.2" wide by 6" deep by 1.7" high. The bronze itself is 8" wide by 5.8" deep by 9.5" high. The bronze head and wood base together weigh 11.4 pounds.
Link for a bio of the artist from 1982.
Link for samples of his other small bronzes.
Marked BUCKHORN, the Texas foundry he used for many of his pieces. Click here to view a website showing that he used to be the director of Buckhorn Bronze Inc., which is no longer in business. http://www.corporationwiki.com/Texas/El-Paso/buckhorn-bronze-inc/34401089.aspx
The only reference I found to this particular artwork is a January through June 1971 list from the Copyright Office of the Library of Congress on the following Archive.org webpage. Search for mandan chieftain and it is grouped with two other 1970 bronze pieces. https://archive.org/stream/catalogofco1971325711libr/catalogofco1971325711libr_djvu.txt
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