Lynn Chadwick, R.A. (1914-2003)
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Lynn Chadwick, R.A. (1914-2003)

Maquette VIII Two Watchers V

Details
Lynn Chadwick, R.A. (1914-2003)
Maquette VIII Two Watchers V
iron and composition, unique
13½ in. (34.3 cm.) high
Conceived in 1967 and cast in bronze in an edition of 4+2.
Provenance
Acquired by the present owner's father directly from the artist in the late 1960s.
Literature
D. Farr and E. Chadwick, Lynn Chadwick Sculptor: with a Complete Illustrated Catalogue 1947-2003, Farnham, 2014, p. 249, no. 531, bronze cast illustrated.
Exhibited
Milan, Galleria Blu, Lynn Chadwick, June 1968, bronze cast exhibited.
Special notice

Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay

Dennis Farr describes Chadwick's distinguishing use of iron and composition in his early works, as employed in the present work:

'an elaborate and carefully constructed web of welded rods ... form triangular units that are joined together at various angles to express the planes and sharp contours of [its] body, the whole supported on four thinly tapered forged legs ... the interstices of this web are filled with 'Stolit', an industrial artificial stone compound of gypsum and iron powder, which is applied wet like plaster and which, on drying, sets glass-hard. It can then be worked and chased, coloured, or more usually left to weather. The iron armatures rust and expand on contact with moisture absorbed by Stolit, so that straight profiles become subtly curved with the passage of time, especially if the sculpture is left in a damp environment. The ribbed texture produced by this method imparts a fossilized look to the sculpture that suggests some skeletal prehistoric creature. The effect is at once eerie and startling' (D. Farr and E. Chadwick, op. cit., p. 22).
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