Life Sized Artisan Crafted Bronze Bust Statue of James Leon Williams Vintage Art Deco c1920
Antique / Vintage Early 20th Century Top Quality, Large and Heavy artisan crafted Life size Bronze Bust statue of the Noted American Dental Histologist, discoverer of Dental plaque, Prosthodontist and Author 'James Leon Williams' (c1852 - 1932) made by the Noted Sculptor 'John Rurul'.
In Very Fine condition throughout and superbly rendered the Bust shows James Williams captured in an aged form with Moustaches and sporting a shirt, jabot and jacket.
The Bronze features a legend to the lower stem that reads "J. Leon Williams" and to the reverse of the stem to the Bronze a legend that reads "Leon J Williams - Friend and Teacher of men".. - signed by the artist/sculptor C J Rurul.
here is a small back ground to the subject >
In Circa 1879 James Leon Williams began a two-year apprenticeship by a Dr. Roberts in North Vassalboro, Maine and later began practicing in the same town Dentistry. Williams later passed examinations for the DDS degree at the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery and the equivalent LDS degree in Ireland.
He joined the Maine Dental Society and used the opportunity to borrow their microscope to study the histology and pathology of tooth enamel.
In the early 1880s, common crown and bridge techniques were not well known or widespread. Williams sought to make information on these techniques available to all dentists through the pages of The Dental Cosmos. In 1885, he embarked on a journey to improve the state of dental prostheses by designing more aesthetic artificial teeth that better matched the overall facial dimensions of the patient. He convinced an American artificial tooth manufacturer to take up his cause and produce his designs, on the condition that other dentists would embrace the new forms.
Williams also practiced dentistry in London and was one of the founders of the International Association for Dental Research.
He also was the author of The Home and Haunts of Shakespeare and had an interest in anthropology, including the Piltdown Man.
As can be seen from the photographs the Bust is in Superb condition with a Lovely aged patina to the bronze, makes for a fine Decorators piece as well as being a fine investment, this being a very unique piece of Fine Art pertaining to a Gentleman of Note, whom without we would not know about tooth plaque.
The Bronze stands 59 cm tall and has a width and depth of 40 cm and 25 cm respectively.
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Size 57 cm by 41cm by 25cm
Weight : 24.7 Kilos