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    Sale 7637

    20th Century British Art

    12 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 131

    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915)

    Ornamental Mask

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    Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915)
    Ornamental Mask
    numbered '3/8' (on the base)
    bronze with a dark brown and red patina
    30 in. (76.2 cm.) high
    Conceived in 1912 and cast at a later date by Musée du Petit Palais, Geneva, from the original plaster.

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    The original painted and gilded plaster was commissioned by artist and theatre designer Claud Lovat Fraser (1890-1921) in December 1912 who paid £5 for its casting in plaster by Parlanti. It hung in Fraser's studio until his death.

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    Private collection, Geneva.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 1 October 1997, lot 204.


    H. Macfall, The Book of Lovat, London, 1923, p. 53, another cast.
    H.S. Ede, A Life of Gaudier-Brzeska, London, 1930, pp. 90, 194-5.
    H. Brodsky, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, London, 1932, p. 40, original plaster illustrated opposite p. 124.
    R. Cole, Burning to Speak: The Life and Art of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Oxford, 1978, p. 51, no. 4, original plaster illustrated.
    Exhibition catalogue, Catalogue of Twentieth Century Sculpture, Belfast, Ulster Museum, 1988, pp. 31-3, another cast illustrated.
    Exhibition catalogue, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, London, Mercury Gallery, 1995, no. 12, another cast illustrated.
    R. Cole, Gaudier-Brzeska: Artist and Myth, Bristol, 1995, pl. VII, original plaster illustrated.
    E. Silber, Gaudier-Brzeska: Life and Art, London, 1996, p. 257, no. 31, pl. 28, another cast illustrated.


    London, Leicester Galleries, A Memorial Exhibition of the Work of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, May - June 1918, no. 259, another cast exhibited.
    London, Mercury Gallery, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891-1915: Sculpture, Watercolours and Drawings, November - December 1995, no. 12, another cast exhibited.