This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage
Please note the maulstick that is illustrated on this easel is lot 452.
The artist's studio is a space of great mystique and allure to the outsider. It is a highly personal and creative space, where the very raw activity of the artist's processes, imagination, explorations and instinct are unrestricted behind closed doors. The artist's easel is one of the most tangible and iconic elements of this environment, representing the essence of the studio. For Lucian Freud the artist's studio paved the foundations for his painting and activity, where the 'model is observed in the closed world of the studio; the painter's laboratory' (See press release 'Lucian Freud; L'Atelier', Centre Pompidou, Paris, curated by Christophe Ecoffet, March - July 2010)
This easel (lot 451) is said by the present owner, Raymond Jones to have been gifted to him by Freud in 1984. Mr Jones was friend of Freud and sat for him on many occasions resulting in a number of significant portraits including 'Small head of Raymond' (1973-74 and 1981), 'Naked Man with Rat' (1977-78) and 'Naked Man with His Friend' (1978-80). According to Mr Jones, these works were painted on the easel being offered along with 'Sleeping Uncle' (1950), 'Girl with a white Dog', (1950-51, Tate),' Interior in Paddington' (1951 Liverpool Art Gallery), 'John Minton' (1952 Royal College of Art), 'Waste Ground with Houses', (1970-71), 'The Painters Mother Resting' (1976), 'Night Portrait' (1977-78) and 'Rose' (1978-79). The easel is being sold along with a signed letter from Mr Jones explaining how the easel was given to him.