• Impressionist/Modern Day Sale  auction at Christies

    Sale 2313

    Impressionist/Modern Day Sale

    5 May 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 382

    Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964)

    King Solomon

    Price Realised  


    Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964)
    King Solomon
    signed, dated and numbered 'Archipenko 63 F 6/10' (on the right side of the base)
    bronze with brown and green patina
    Height: 53 in. (134.6 cm.)
    Conceived in 1963; this bronze version cast by the estate of the artist, 1970

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    The Archipenko Foundation will include this bronze in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of sculptures by Alexander Archipenko.

    King Solomon was the last sculpture that Archipenko created and was the only one in his oeuvre conceived for a monumental scale. The original version measures 26 inches in height, the intermediate version measures 53 inches and a monumental version (of which only one was realized, circa 1963) measures 673 inches. In his 1967 Art in America article "Retrospective for Archipenko," Frederick Wright described the smaller version: "Archipenko's King Solomon is horned like Moses, spiky, august. One must remind oneself when viewing this small sculpture that its architectonics--Archipenko has fused his Cubist and organic shapes into symbolic architecture--were designed for monumental scale, sixty feet high. The idea of this colossus, seen with its diagonal shafts reflecting the atmosphere as no ancient colossus could, is, perhaps, for the artist's last sculpture, his most fitting legacy" (in Karshan, 1985, op. cit., p. 159).


    Estate of the artist.
    Bernard Danenberg Galleries, Inc., New York.
    Acquired from the above by the late owner, 1972.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of Gerald Tsai, Jr.


    D.H. Karshan, Archipenko Content and Continuity, 1908-1963, Chicago, 1968, p. 12 (another cast illustrated).
    D.H. Karshan, ed., Archipenko, International Visionary, Washington D.C., 1969, pp. 106-107, nos. 174-176 (other casts illustrated).
    D.H. Karshan, Archipenko, Sculpture, Drawings and Prints 1908-1963, Danville, Kentucky, 1985, pp. 170-171, no. 95 (another cast illustrated in color).