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    Sale 7702

    Impressionist/Modern, Day Sale

    5 February 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 481

    Naum Gabo (1890-1977)

    Construction in Space: Suspended

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    Naum Gabo (1890-1977)
    Construction in Space: Suspended
    signed 'gabo' (on the cradle)
    perspex, beryllium spring wire, phosphor-bronze cradle on aluminium and perspex base
    Height: 19 1/8 in. (48.5 cm.)
    Conceived in 1957; this version executed at a later date


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    This sculpture is sold with a photo-certificate from Mrs Nina Williams, the artist's daughter.

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    Provenance

    Marlborough-Gerson Gallery, New York, by whom acquired directly from the artist in December 1964.
    Lilian Florsheim, Chicago, by whom acquired from the above on 16 January 1965.
    Marlborough Gallery, New York, by circa 1966.
    Galería Marlborough, Vaduz.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in August 1988.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION


    Literature

    S.A. Nash & J. Merkert, Naum Gabo, Sixty Years of Constructivism, including Catalogue Raisonné of the Constructions and Sculptures, Munich/Dallas, 1985, no. 70 (other examples illustrated pp. 133-134).


    Exhibited

    New York, Marlborough Fine Art, Masters of Modern Sculpture, May - June 1978, no. 21 (titled 'Construction in Space - Suspended Version I').
    New York, Marlborough Fine Art, Masters of Modern Art and Contemporary Sculpture, November - December 1984, no. 23 (titled 'Version II').