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    Sale 5391

    20th Century British Art including Works from the Collection of Bannon & Barnabas McHenry

    17 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 70

    Henry Moore, O.M., C.H. (1898-1986)

    Textile design, Dahlias

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    Henry Moore, O.M., C.H. (1898-1986)
    Textile design, Dahlias
    signed and dated 'Moore/43' (lower left)
    watercolour, wax crayon and ink
    8 x 6¼ in. (20.2 x 15.7 cm.)
    This work is recorded in the archives of the Henry Moore Foundation under HMF 2145.

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    Zika Ascher came to England from Prague in 1939 and in 1942 he established his own production company and silk-screen printers in London. Together with his wife Lida, he sought to unite the complex worlds of fabrics, art and fashion. Throughout the 1940s they established a working relationship with many of the most prominent British artists of the day, commissioning designs by Henry Moore, Dame Barbara Hepworth, Graham Sutherland, Ben Nicholson, John Piper, as well as international artists such as Calder, Derain, Cocteau and Picasso.

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    Acquired directly from the artist by Zika Ascher, 1943.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 28 April 1999, lot 242, where purchased by the present owner.


    D. Mitchinson, Henry Moore Unpublished Drawings, Turin, 1971, no. 150, illustrated.


    Geneva, Expositions Natural Le Coultre, catalogue not traced.