Special Oscar Presented to Hollywood Legend and "King of C...
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DescriptionSpecial Oscar Presented to Hollywood Legend and "King of Comedy" Mack Sennett (1932). Vintage original special Oscar trophy awarded to Mack Sennett "For His Lasting Contributions to the Comedy
Technique of the Screen."
In the entertainment industry and the world over, the Oscar statuette is indisputably the most treasured and iconic
symbol of the filmmaker's accomplishment and the public's romance with Hollywood glamour and movies. This vintage male Oscar statuette stands 16.5" tall with the cast metal, gold-plated figure measuring 3.5" wide by 10.25" tall. This beveled black base is uncharacteristically tall standing 6.5" high and 5.25" round at the bottom, tapered to
4.5" where the base attaches to the film reel that forms the integral foot of the metal statue.
Sculptor George Stanley (who also fashioned the famous Muse Fountain at the Hollywood Bowl) sculpted Cedric Gibbons' original design in clay and Sachin Smith cast the statuette. Consisting of a pewter-like alloy called "Britannia metal," which is then plated in copper, nickel silver, and finally, 24-karat gold. The original Oscar mold was cast in 1928 at the C.W. Shumway & Sons Foundry in Batavia, Illinois. Since 1983, Oscars are fabricated each year in Chicago by Illinois manufacturer R.S. Owens & Company.
A curved 6" x 1" cast brass engraved plaque affixed to the front of the base reads, "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Award To Mack Sennett For His Lasting Contributions to the Comedy Technique of the Screen, March 10th, 1932." Retaining green felted bottom.
Sennett was a visionary filmmaker who opened Keystone Studios in Edendale, California in 1912, which possessed the first fully enclosed sound stage. Sennett became famously acknowledged as the originator of slapstick comedy routines that included pie-throwing and death-defying car-chases, as seen in his bumbling "Keystone Cops" films. He also produced short features that touted a bevy of his "Bathing Beauties" which showcased actresses, many of whom went on to develop successful acting careers.
The statuette's finish exhibits minor rubbing, age and some pitting, tarnish and loss of plating to the lower torso and legs of the figure. The black base exhibits light wear with some chipping to bottom edge. Heavy tarnish to engraved plaque. In vintage Good to Very Good condition. This is an early example of this instantly recognizable and world-famous prize and one of extremely few Oscars ever made available to the public. COA from Heritage Auctions.
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