London, South Kensington
18 June 2002
A Steiff chimpanzee
with light brown mohair, brown and black glass eyes, white mohair chin, felt face, ears, hands and feet, swivel head and jointed limbs --12½in. (32cm.) high, circa 1910 (discoloration to felt, a few holes in hands and feet and slight wear) and a Speed Photo Co. of North & South Shields studio photograph of a small girl holding this chimp (2)
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It is believed that this Chimpanzee was used as a prop by the photographer at the North and South Sheilds studios.
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Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately