Eric Gill, A.R.A. (1882 -1940)
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Eric Gill, A.R.A. (1882 -1940)

Lovers Embracing

Details
Eric Gill, A.R.A. (1882 -1940)
Lovers Embracing
ivory relief on ebony stand
4 5/8 in. (11.8 cm.) high
Carved circa 1922.
Provenance
Private collection, UK.
Special notice

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Lot Essay

This sculpture bears a resemblance in style to Gill's Divine Lovers of 1922 (J. Collins, Eric Gill The Sculpture, London, 1998, p. 125, no. 117) though it differs in that only one figure has a halo and both are clothed in the present work. It it is likely that it was made in 1922 or soon after. Other carved ivory sculptures by Gill were made around 1922 and there is also a clear parallel with the Madonna and Child relief (J. Collins, no. 125).

Although the work does not appear in Gill's workbooks, a note in his work ledgers from 25 March 1922, Job 799, most likely refers to this work, referring to 'Various carvings for self'.

We are very grateful to Jo Cribb, Ruth Cribb and Judith Collins for their assistance in preparing this catalogue entry. The present work will be included in the revised second edition of the Eric Gill Catalogue Raisonné by Judith Collins.
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