LEON V. SOLON'S "THE SUNGOD", "WARRIOR" AND "DANCING
WOMEN" TILE PANELS--MANHATTAN, NY
Title of Installations:
"Sun God", "Warrior" and "Dancing Women" by Leon Victor Solon
Ceramic tiles and mosaics
Additional Materials Information:
This panel is of unknown size. It consists of a sun god totem with a Mayan priest on each side. The panel is of multi-glazed mosaic pieces on a dull red background.*
Technical Information (Size,mfg., etc.):
This panel and a second panel of a trident-throwing warrior**--were both designed by Leon Victor Solon and executed by the American Encaustic Tiling Company, of which Mr. Solon is the main designer/modeler. The third panel of two dancing women was also designed by Mr. Solon.***
c. 1915 (Sun God); the other two panels were created prior to 1919.
Year Installed, if different:
The "Sun God" panel was part of the annual exhibition of the Architectural League of New York,* probably in 1915.
Does Installation Still Exist?
Unknown. It is possible that the "Sun God", "Dancing Women" and "Warrior" panels exist in the storage facilities of a museum, for example, or they may have been destroyed at some time in the past. We only know of these panels because the warrior with trident was featured on the January 1919 cover of The Architectural Record (Vol. XLV, No. 1, Serial No. 244);** the "Sun God" panel was illustrated in the December 1915 issue of The International Studio (Vol. LVII, No. 226); and the "Dancing Women" panel was illustrated in an article about Leon Solon by H. Van Buren Magonigle (The Architectural Record, Vol. XLV, No. 4, April 1919, Serial No. 247, p. 303+).***
Additional Information, Websites, Citations:
***"A Potter and His Work Leon V. Solon" by H. Van Buren Magonigle in http://books.google.com/books?id=lk1TAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA309&lpg=PA309&dq=%22Sun+God%22,+Leon+V.+Solon
Submitted by and Year:
Submitted by Michael Padwee (tileback101"at"collector.org) in December 2010.