• Old Master, Modern & Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 7839

    Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints

    31 March 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 121

    Henry Moore (1898-1986)

    Mother and Child, Raymond Spencer Company Ltd., Much Hadham, 1987 (Cramer 671-700)

    Price Realised  

    Henry Moore (1898-1986)
    Mother and Child, Raymond Spencer Company Ltd., Much Hadham, 1987 (Cramer 671-700)
    the complete set of thirty etchings with aquatint, roulette and drypoint, 25 of which are in colours, on Arches, with title, introduction by Alistair Grant, table of contents and justification, each signed in pencil, inscribed with the plate number and numbered 52/65 (there were also 15 hors commerce copies), each with the artist's blindstamp, the full sheets, in very good condition, loose in paper wrappers (as published), within the original dark blue leather-covered portfolio with artist's name in green on the front, inside the original navy cloth-covered box with the artist's name and title in gilt on a label on the front, with minor scuffing to the covers(portfolio)
    716 x 598 mm. (overall)


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    'From very early on I had an obsession with the mother and child theme: it has been a universal theme from the beginning of time and some of the earliest sculptures we've found from the Neolithic Age are of a mother and child. I discovered, when drawing, I could turn every little scribble, blot or smudge into a Mother and Child. So that I was conditioned, as it were, to see it in everything.' (H. Moore & J. Hedgecoe, Henry Moore, New York, 1968, p. 61.)

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