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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 80

    Robert Clatworthy, R.A. (b. 1928)

    Relief II

    Price Realised  


    Robert Clatworthy, R.A. (b. 1928)
    Relief II
    stamped 'R.C/1/8/1978' (on the bottom edge)
    bronze with a gold patina
    19½ in. (49.6 cm.) high, including wooden base
    Conceived in 1978.

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    We are very grateful to Robert Clatworthy for his assistance cataloguing lots 80 and 82-89.

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    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 1978.

    Pre-Lot Text

    The Property of Alan Mann

    Alan Mann was a passionate collector. In his flat overlooking the Thames on Richmond Hill he created an eclectic treasure trove. Born in London, he joined his father's firm of Quantity Surveyors after he left school and later lived with his brother in a flat above the business in Bloomsbury Square. The British Museum was on his doorstop and his collecting was inspired by the frequent visits he paid to the museum. The art of Africa that he encountered there seems to have ignited a particular passion, and Christie's are honoured to be offering a single-owner sale dedicated to this aspect of his collection in Paris on 4th December.

    He was also a keen collector of 20th Century British Art, and the works offered in this sale include a diverse selection of pieces by Robert Clatworthy, who became a close friend of Alan's. Clatworthy has enjoyed substantial success as a sculptor, draughtsman and teacher throughout his career. During the 1950s his work began to be recognised with his first solo exhibition of small sculpture held at the Hanover Gallery in 1957. Whilst being represented by the Hanover Gallery, Clatworthy's work was shown alongside prominent artists such as Francis Bacon, Giacometti, Picasso and Arp. During his artistic training at Chelsea School of Art and later the Slade School of Fine Art, he was taught by William Coldstream and Bernard Meadows. Other collections which hold works by Clatworthy include the Tate Britain, London.

    Alan Mann's collection of 20th Century British Art also includes an iconic bronze by Dame Elisabeth Frink and a powerful oil by Frank Auerbach which are to be offered in the 12th December sale of 20th Century British Art at Christie's King Street.