Property From The Ascher Family Collection
Zika Ascher and his wife Lida, arrived in England from Prague in 1939 after Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia while on their honeymoon. Having been born into a family in the textile business, Zika established his own production company and silk-screen printers in London in 1942. Together with Lida, he sought to unite the complex worlds of fabrics, art and fashion. Throughout the 1940s they established a working relationship with many of the most prominent artists of the day including, Moore, Matisse, Hepworth, Nicholson and Derain.

Intrigued by the intersection of fine art and industry, Ascher initiated a series of limited edition screen-prints, designed by the leading artists of the time. He contacted Henry Moore to work on the project by early 1943 and began translating the artist's drawings into textiles in 1944. The collection of drawings and screen-prints being offered for sale from the Ascher Family Collection includes two rare notebooks filled with vibrantly colored drawings together with many of the artist's drawings that were made for the textile project.

Christie's is honored to present this extraordinary selection of works from the Ascher Family Collection, which reflects the breadth of Moore's work on textile design as well as the contributions of other artists to this important project.

Special Features

  1. Property from The Collection of Alan Dershowitz and Carolyn Cohen
  2. Property Belonging to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Through the Generosity of Albert Robin, Sold to Benefit the Museum’s Programs and Acquisitions Fund
  3. Property From The Ascher Family Collection