4 December 2003
Property From the Descendants of the Artist
Hiram Powers (1805-1873)
inscribed 'H. Powers/Sculp.' (underneath)
20¼ in. (51.4 cm.) high
Executed circa 1844-47.
By descent in the family to the present owner.
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Proserpine was one of Powers's most popular works and underwent several changes by the artist. The present work is an example from the second version in which Powers replaced an elaborate wreath of wheat with a classical base of acanthus leaves.
The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale totals £128,081,750, with works by Picasso and a record-breaking Franz Marc painting also achieving top prices
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