|Description: We offer a rare bronze sculpture by Henry Moore. It is 3 ¼” high, 5” wide and 2 3/8” deep and sits on its original black wooden base that is ¾" high, 6 5/8” wide and 3 3/8” deep. The sculpture is signed “Moore” in the bronze, editioned 3/9 , with the foundry stamp “NOAK BERLIN” (a leading European foundry) near the bottom of the figure. This small maquette shares some resemblances to “Reclining Figure: Bunched” but is far more abstracted, pebble-like, with some evidence of scraping and carving on the back of the piece and Moore’s casual biomorphic sensibility.
Moore was keenly tuned to his artistic process and the need to start small. He said: ‘I need to know it from on top and from underneath as well as from all sides. And so I prefer to work out my ideas in the form of small maquettes which I can hold in my hand and look at from every point of view.’
Provenance: Descended in the family of Ruth Rodel-Nubert, owner of Studio R in Mannheim, Germany. Included with the sale of this piece is a copy of the gallery's circular touting the exhibit/sale of Moore's works.
Henry Moore (1898-1986) was born at Castleford, Yorkshire to a large family. He served in the army from 1917–19, the youngest man in the Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles regiment. In 1919 he became a student at the Leeds School of Art and then in 1921, won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art in London. Moore is best known for his monumental, semi abstract public sculptures. His work is has also been the subject of many exhibitions at institutions including the Tate Gallery, the Met, Kew Botanical Gardens, the Kunsthal, the Kremlin Museum, and the National Gallery of Art.
Condition: Fine untouched condition.