Potato Pickers Original Polychrome Wax Sculpture

Alfred Heber Hutty


Alfred Heber Hutty was an American artist who is considered one of the leading figures of the Charleston Renaissance. His oils, watercolors, pencil sketches, dry points and etchings captured the essence of the early 20th century South Carolina Low Country life.

He is thought to have produced only two sculptures: one, "Potato Pickers" made of polychrome wax and wood (offered here), and the other, a plaster bust of a black woman (private collection).

An edition of ten bronzes and three "artist proofs" were cast from the original wax sculpture in 1994. Twelve are in private collections and one is in the collection of the Morris Museum of Fine Art in Augusta, GA.
The polychromed wax figures with wooden baskets are mounted on a board.
The overall height is: 7 7/8"
The base measures: 8 1/2" x 11"
  • Price: $60,000.00 { What determines value? }

    Many factors go into pricing a print; rarity, desirability, artist, condition, age, and the history of former sales prices.

    “Weeds & Roses” A good analogy for how the pricing of a print is determined from desirability is my description of "Weeds and Roses". It actually works with a number of publications from Audubons to Atlases. 

    O.K., let's take a complete first edition set of Audubon's Birds of America- 435 Plates, printed by Robert Havell. The Wild Turkey & The Flamingo will be the “Roses”, they are the major plates. These images are usually more desirable making them the most expensive, in upwards of $200,000.

    The Song Birds or "Tweety" birds are the minor plates, or "Weeds". These images are usually less desirable making them less expensive, as low as $2,000.

    However, not everyone prefers roses over weeds. Just because one is more expensive does not mean it is more beautiful to you. Art is a personal preference and you should always go with what stands out to you :)