CANCER the CRAB ZODIAC SERIES FIGURE One of twelve vintage collectibles. Pictures, above and below, show views of the front and the back. Picture shows an enlarged view of the sculpture. Pictures of some views of the side angles. Pictures show sculpture Name and Fred Press Trademark that is found on the base of the figure. Picture shows the protective felt covering on the base of the figure. The Cancer figure is part of the Zodiac Series by Fred Press. This Zodiac figure is an extraordinarily beautiful expression by the creating artist. If you are a Cancer, then this is an excellent item to consider getting for yourself or to give to the Astrology friend or family member. About the FRED PRESS ZODIAC SERIES "Sculpture, unlike painting, is an art which occupies space in three directions rather than two; its perspective is a fact rather than an illusion." Fred Press MEASUREMENTS etc. Cancer figure is approximately 7 1/2" High, 6" Wide, 2 1/4" Thick CANCER imprinted on one side of base FRED PRESS imprinted on one side of base Good condition Green felt, cardboard on bottom of base White metal spelter with bronze patina Depending on personal tastes, this item can be polished to a shine or left as is with its beautiful patina showing It is very likely that this Zodiac Series was created in the 1950's or early 1960's. A book written by the sculpting artist was published in 1962 and shows the construction of some of the figures from the Zodiac Series. Fred Press' book, "Sculpture At Your Fingertips", relates information about the creation of the Zodiac Series figures. The quote below is from this book and describes the concept of stylization and how it applies to sculptures. "In sculpture, as in the other arts, between the extremes of realism and the abstract, there exists an area known as stylization. Here, the decorative aspect of simplified form is favored over strict adherence to nature and is, in fact, closely related to that search for the basic forms which are the foundation and the true essence of any sculpture. The area of stylized form offers great latitude and represents a field of unending possibilities for originality and creativeness. It can be related closely to realism and even be used in combination with it, or be employed in simplifying the realistic almost to the point of abstraction. Here is an opportunity for uninhibited freedom, for style implies individualistic approach with almost no restrictions." Quoted from Sculpture At Your Fingertips, Fred Press, Reinhold Publishing, NY, 1962, pg 32 About the ARTIST "If a sculptor is to create in the truest sense of the word, he should first choose to portray that which he understands. If his emotions can be stirred by his subject, sculpture as a means of expression will open a new world of experience for him." Fred Press Fred Press is a well-known sculptor and successful artist of many other mediums as well. He is the author of the book "Sculpture At Your Fingertips". "For more than twenty years Mr. Press has devoted himself to the practice and teaching of the arts. He has received numerous awards for his sculptures and has distinguished himself as a painter in five one-man shows." Paraphrased from "Sculpture At Your Fingertips", Fred Press, Reinhold Publishing, NY, 1962, back cover About the Sign of CANCER Nurturing, Intuitive, Self-Protective, Needy, Sensitive, Emotional The following is associated with the sign Cancer: June 21 - July 22 the sign of the Crab - hard/insensitive on outside, soft/vulnerable on inside; backward/sideway movement; carry their home with them a Feminine Polarity - receptive, magnetic energy a Cardinal Quality - initiates change a Water Element - emotional, conforming 4th Zodiacal House - Your Foundation, Home, Nurturing Parent, Real Estate ruled by - The Moon physically - breasts, stomach inherent impulse - sympathy descriptive keyword - I FEEL This is a beautiful Cancer figure that would make a wonderful collector item for the Astrology enthusiast or, equally, a nice gift for the Cancer friend or relative. Other ZODIAC SERIES FIGURES by Fred Press Here is a picture showing all 12 figures that comprise the Zodiac Series created by Fred Press. Most of these figures are for sale in separate listings. SHIPPING INFORMATION This item ships via USPS Priority Mail service with Insurance Coverage.