Combing her hair since 1922
Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964), Woman combing her hair. Bronze with a light brown patina. Conceived in 1915; this bronze version cast in Berlin circa 1922. 14 in. (35.5 cm.) high. © 2015 Estate of Alexander Archipenko /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Estimate: $80,000-120,000. This work is offered in our Small is Beautiful online sale, 6-20 October
Woman Combing Her Hair is one of Archipenko’s most well-known works. For bronzes by the artist, the date of casting is key: Many were cast during the artist’s lifetime, though the most sought-after are casts date from the early 1920s. With its beautiful dark caramel patina, this cast is currently the earliest recorded Archipenko bronze of the subject, having first been exhibited in Berlin in 1922.
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The work was bought by the grandfather of the present owners, Eduard Rosenbaum, a member of the Treaty of Versailles German Delegation. In the 1930s, he entered the UK from Nazi Germany as a refugee, his journey sponsored by the economist John Maynard Keynes. This bronze was one of the few, treasured possessions, he brought with him to the UK at the time.
A rare Henry Moore
Henry Moore (1898-1986), Small Helmet Head, 1950. Bronze with a green and dark brown patina, unique. 4 3/8 in. (11.2 cm.) high, excluding the base. © 2015 The Henry Moore Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Estimate: $80,000-120,000. This work is offered in our Small is Beautiful online sale, 6-20 October
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English sculptor Henry Moore became renowned for monumental bronze works, which are displayed as public installations across the world. Small Helmet Head, however, does not require a sculpture park to be displayed: An extremely rare bronze by the artist, the work is one of a small series of Helmet Heads cast in 1950.
The sculpture is recorded in literature on the artist, and also featured in his landmark 1988 retrospective at London’s Royal Academy. Unique bronzes by Moore rarely appear at auction, and this work has been in the collection of the family of the New York collector Harry A. Brooks, a friend of Moore, since the 1950s.
The art world’s watching
Igor Mitoraj, Annunciazione, 1996. Bronze with a blue patina, edition of five. 21 5/8 in. (55 cm.) long. Estimate: $80,000-120,000. This work is offered in our Small is Beautiful online sale, 6-20 October
In 2010, Christie’s offered ten bronzes by the artist in the sale A View from the Spanish Steps — The Collection of Maria Angiolillo, bringing the artist’s works to a new international audience, with all works far outselling estimates.
The following year Mitoraj’s monumental works were exhibited at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, building his international reputation even further. Following the artist’s passing in 2014 interest has continued to grow, though his bronzes rarely appear at auction. Annunciazione is offered from a private Italian collection, and features one of the most sought after motifs by the artist.
A masterpiece saved by Edvard Munch
Christoph Voll (1897-1939), Akt mit Tuch, conceived in 1938. White Carrara marble. 16 1/2 in. (42 cm.) high. Estimate: $25,000-35,000. This work is offered in our Small is Beautiful online sale, 6-20 October
Unique sculptures by Christoph Voll, a German Expressionist artist, rarely appear at auction as many were lost or destroyed during the Second World War. Works by Voll were included in the infamous Degenrate Art exhibition in 1937.
Those that survived the war only did so due to the intervention of the artist Edvard Munch, who arranged for some of the artist’s works — including the present lot — to be shipped for exhibition to Oslo. The works made it as far as Copenhagen, and for the duration of the war, were stored in the cellars of Christiansborg, the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen. There, in 1948, a formal exhibition of the saved collection was held. This lot is a unique marble by the artist, and is the first to appear at auction for over 30 years.
A miniature monument to love
Pablo Atchugarry, Universal Love, 2015. White Carrara marble, unique. 14 x 8 1/4 x 4 1/2 in. (35.6 x 21 x 11.4 cm.) © 2015 Pablo Atchugarry. Estimate: $35,000-45,000. This work is offered in our Small is Beautiful online sale, 6-20 October
In 1979, having explored media including paint, cement, iron and wood, Uruguayan artist Pablo Atchugarry began to work in marble. Today, he is arguably the most well-known living artist working in the medium. Atchugarry’s meticulously-executed sculptures are known for the peaceful, harmonious presence they bring to their environment — ideas which the titles of his sculptures, such as Universal Love, proudly announce.
Mario Carreño (1913-1999), Ajedrez, conceived in 1974 and executed in 2002. Bronze, edition of 18. 25 1/4 in. (63.5 cm.) high. © 2015 Estate of Mario Carreño / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Estimate: $40,000-60,000. This work is offered in our Small is Beautiful online sale, 6-20 October
Along with his Cuban compatriot, Wifredo Lam, Mario Carreño is one of the most well-known Latin American artists of the 20th century. Unlike Lam, who worked across a wide range of media, Carreño’s work is mostly limited to paintings and works on paper, and Ajedrez represents one of very few sculptures that the artist made. Originally executed in wood before being cast in bronze, this sculpture incorporates stylized elements of the more important pieces in the game of chess — king, queen and bishop — and is a stunning sculptural work of great scale.
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