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    Sale 7595

    20th Century British Art

    6 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 151

    Michael Ayrton (1921-1975)

    Mazemaker II

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    Michael Ayrton (1921-1975)
    Mazemaker II
    numbered '2/9' (on the right hand edge of the screen)
    bronze with a dark brown and gold patina
    14 in. (35.5 cm.) long
    Conceived in 1965.


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    Daedalus was a subject that Ayrton returned to often in his sculpture, and in Maze Maker Ayrton was showing the maze as a creation of self, made not just by Daedalus, but by all men. In Maze Maker, the image of Daedalus becomes, according to Ayrton: 'any man who, during his life, builds in and around himself a maze of circumstances and experiences and this, it seems to me, we all do. This labyrinth has two inevitably linked functions. It excludes to protect and contains to imprison' (see M. Ayrton, loc. cit.).

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    Provenance

    Purchased by the present owner at the 1966 exhibition.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of Judith D. Lipsey


    Literature

    M. Ayrton, Michael Ayrton drawings and sculpture, London, 1966, p. 143, no. 186, another cast illustrated.
    P. Cannon-Brookes, Michael Ayrton An Illustrated Commentary, Birmingham, 1978, pp. 87, 141, no. 150, another cast illustrated.


    Exhibited

    London, Grosvenor Gallery, Michael Ayrton bronzes, paintings, collages and drawings, June - July 1966, no. 3.