• Christie's Interiors auction at Christies

    Sale 5916

    Christie's Interiors

    3 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 297

    A BRONZE BUST OF CARDINAL WILLIAM GODFREY 1889-1963

    BY ARTHUR FLEISCHMANN 1896-1990

    Price Realised  

    A BRONZE BUST OF CARDINAL WILLIAM GODFREY 1889-1963
    BY ARTHUR FLEISCHMANN 1896-1990
    Signed 'A.J. FLEISCHMANN'
    21¼ in. (54 cm.) high
    Together with a clay maquette of the Saint Francis monument on Francis Street, Victoria - 4¾ in. (12 cm.) under glass dome, and literature relating to the Gordon Bust (2)


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    William Godfrey was the Archbishop of Westminster 1956-1963 and had been Archbishop of Liverpool 1953-1956.
    Fleischmann was born in Bratislava in 1896, but lived most of his life in London In 1937 he left Europe for South Africa where he exhibited before travelling to Indonesia. He spent 2 idylic years on the island of Bali before being forced to flee to Australia as the Japanese invaded. In 1949 he travelled by ship to England with plans to return to Bratislava, but he met his wife Joy in London and made it his home for over 40 years. Fleischmann quickly established himself as a portrait sculptor in London, completing portrait busts of Popes Pius XII, John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II.

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    Provenance

    Sold by the Order of The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement