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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Modern British Art Evening Sale

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 febbraio 2021

London – The Modern British Art Evening Sale will be led by Sir Winston Churchill’s Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque (1943, estimate: £1,500,000-2,500,000), offered from The Jolie Family Collection. It is presented alongside two further works by the former Prime Minister of the UK, Scene at Marrakech (circa 1935, estimate: £300,000-500,000), offered by order of the Trustees of Viscount Montgomery’s Will Trust and St Paul’s Churchyard (1927, estimate: £200,000-300,000). Masters of British sculpture include outstanding examples by Lynn Chadwick, Barry Flanagan, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and William Turnbull. Sir John Lavery’s painting of Doris Delevingne, The Viscountess Castlerosse, Palm Springs (1938, estimate: £400,000-600,000) is offered from the collection of Charles Delevingne, while a selection of portraits from the Estates of L.S. Lowry and Carol Ann Lowry reveal the artist’s intimate observations of people. Further highlights include Jack Butler Yeats’ expressive painting Until We Meet Again and Head of Frank Auerbach, a portrait of the artist by his close friend Leon Kossoff, one of only three ever created (1956, estimate: £100,000-150,000). The Modern British Art Evening Sale will directly follow A Family Collection: Works on Paper, Van Gogh to Freud, livestreamed from our saleroom in New York.The sale will include six important sculptures from the Collection of Mireille and James Lévy. Henry Moore’s Maquette for King and Queen (estimate: £750,000-1,000,000), leads the group and was conceived and cast in 1952. King and Queen works are regarded among his most popular and recognised sculptures, and the only series to depict a single pair of adults. Small Maquette No. 2 for Reclining Figure (conceived in 1950 and cast in 1965, estimate: £200,000-300,000) is one of just two maquettes that Moore created in preparation for his most celebrated masterpiece: Reclining Figure: Festival, 1951. Endowed with a purity of form and a sense of physical intimacy, the unique slate sculpture Three Round Forms (1951, estimate: £200,000-300,000) embodies Barbara Hepworth’s mature approach to form and material. Three carefully arranged elliptical forms stand with intricate tension, personifying the artist’s preoccupation with exploring relationships that arise when multiple forms are juxtaposed. Square Forms (Two Sequences) (conceived in 1963-64 and cast in 1966, estimate: £300,000-500,000) demonstrates Hepworth’s masterful ability to achieve equilibrium between the demands of bronze and its expressive possibilities.Les Deux, (1997, estimate: £250,000-350,000) is one of Barry Flanagan’s most striking hare sculptures, which typified his figurative work from 1979 onwards, a cast of which has never appeared at auction before. Regarded as Flanagan’s most recognisable motif, the hare has become synonymous with his artistic practice. This is presented alongside Gendrd I / Gendrd II (1994, estimate: £300,000-500,000), one of Flanagan’s most playful and endearing works, from the collection of the late Clodagh Waddington. Two Reclining Figures (1972, £400,000-600,000) is one of Chadwick’s most significant and monumental works of the period. The figures are impressive in scale, life size, measuring almost two metres in length.

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