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    Sale 7595

    20th Century British Art

    6 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 141

    David Jones (1895-1974)

    The Crucifixion

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    David Jones (1895-1974)
    The Crucifixion
    carved boxwood
    5 in. (12.7 cm.) high, excluding oak base; 10 in. (25.4 cm.) overall
    Carved circa 1925.

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    'In the mid 1960s, David Jones made a number of small end-grain boxwood carvings, "things which alone would place him in the first rank of modern artists" (Eric Gill, Last Essays, London, 1942, p. 151). This was a natural extension of wood-engraving, indeed it is probable that several of the carvings were made from discarded blocks. Jones liked working on this small scale, accommodating to the hand. The carvings were not intended for sale or for exhibition, and none appears to have been made after the 1920s' (exhibition catalogue, David Jones, London, Tate Gallery, 1981, p. 77).

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    with Anthony d'Offay, London, where purchased by the present owner's mother, and by descent.


    J. Miles and D. Shiel, David Jones The Maker Unmade, Bridgend, 1995, pp. 80, 297, no. 5 (Carvings), illustrated.