Born in 1872, theAmerican sculptorJohn E. Burdick studied art at Norwich Art School in Vermont, then in Boston, New York and Philadelphia before expanding his knowledge in France and Italy.
He worked for 17 years under the tutelage of the New York sculptor J. Massey Rhind. He assisted her in the creation of a model for the equestrian statue of George Washington in Newark, New Jersey.
He later created a series of carved plates depicting seasonal sports - hockey, baseball, gymnastics - which met with some success.
His works include a violin and aluminum double bass (1932) used in a shoot conducted by Jean-Daniel Lorieux on the roofs of the Intercontinental Hotel in Paris in 2016.