LONG OVERDUE UPDATE: We posted the blog on Rago Auction’s FB page on January 14, 2016. They kindly got back right away. Here’s the FB Thread.
Rago Auction: That’s a fascinating piece. I’ll forward this along to the appropriate specialist and see what they have to say. Thanks for reaching out!
Rago Auction: Just wanted to let you know that we haven’t forgotten about you or your fascinating sculpture. In fact, your blog post has caused quite a stir among our specialists! We’ll be in touch soon with our final assessment. Thanks again for sharing!
w/t: Adding to the mix, Frank’s daughter kindly got back to me about earlier signatures and her thoughts. Norma said, “I have both sculptures and drawings from 30’s forward. His signature was often slightly different but only slightly. But a constant in his work was movement and extremes in position. The piece you showed is too static to be his. I have seen pieces before attributed to him that were not. Do let me know what you find.”
Rago Auction: Norma Eliscu Banas would likely be one of the best sources to authenticate her father’s work; we would certainly defer to her judgment. That being said, whether it’s a recreation, a student’s copy, or simply ‘done in the style of’, it’s still a very interesting piece!
NOT SURE IF THIS MYSTERY IS SOLVED. I believe super-nice-and-helpful Norma, but is it possible that Frank changed his style (and signature) to create a model for military use? This was a tragic circumstance of disfigured soldiers. This was a job that had to be done and turned in with his name for proof. What do you think? Too far fetched?