Fountain of Pan (1916)

Rebeck must have been particularly proud of this fountain.  It was the only work he took to time to register for copyright (G 52755).  The Copyright Office received the application, photo, and $100 fee on September 25, 1916.  Motto and Rebeck also used a picture of the fountain in an advertisement in the Cleveland Topics.  The fountain was bought by Mrs. J.E. Ferris.

The fountain was sold on September 12, 2000 at Butterfields’ European and American Furniture and Decorative Arts Auction in Los Angeles.  The winning bid was $11,500.  The catalog listing is as follows:

American Patinated Bronze Fountain of Young Pan with Frogs
Cast After a model by Motto and Rebeck
Gorham Foundry, Early 20th Century
The verdigris patinated figure of a young Pan playing pipes seated on rockage on a raised platform performing for the frogs
Inscribed MoTTo Rebeck, SCULPTORS, 1916
43 inches high (1.07 m)
Estimate 7,000/10,000


“Cleveland Sculptors at Work,” Cleveland Topics, July 1, 1916, p. 21-22.

“Cleveland’s Greatest Sculptor Resumes Studio,” Cleveland Topics, July 5, 1919.

“Stephen A. Rebeck and Works on Sculpture,” Fine Arts Review, April 1923, p. 6.

European and American Furniture & Decorative Arts Catalog, Butterfields: Los Angeles, September 12, 2000, p. 140.