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    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

    Henry Moore’s Square Form, a rare surreal sculpture from 1936, is among the highlights at Christie’s Modern British Art evening sale in London on January 21. It is estimated at £3-5 million. The auction will launch the 20th century series at Christie’s which includes a day sale and works from the collection of Allen and Beryl Freer on January 22 and 23. The Mill, Pendlebury, a recently discovered painting by L.S. Lowry bought directly from the artist is estimated at £700,000-1,000,000. The evening auction will feature early Modernist paintings by Ben Nicholson, John Piper, and Richard Lin alongside the Vorticists David Bomberg, William Roberts and Lawrence Atkinson. Two paintings by Howard Hodgkin from The Jeremy Lancaster Collection continue to illustrate the collector’s career-long support for the artist.

    Henry Moore – Square Form © Christie’s Images Limited 2019 . UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Thursday, November 8th, 2018

    Mask by Henry Moore will lead Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London on November 14. Estimated at £1-1.7 million it is on the market for the first time in 80 years and has never before been at auction. Only four of the series of 12 masks remain in private hands with others at The Tate, Henry Moore Foundation and Leeds City Gallery.  There is a strong Irish representation in this sale with works by William Scott, Sir John Lavery and F.E. MacWilliam.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Sir John Lavery – Study for Ascot in Rain. UPDATE: THIS MADE £187,500

    Henry Moore – Mask (£1-1.7 million)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £3,248,750

    William Scott – Still Life with Fish (££150,000-250,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Sir John Lavery – S.S. Ophir (£7,000-10,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £21,250

    F E MacWilliam – Reclining Figure (£7,000-10,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Thursday, April 20th, 2017

    Works by Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, Jean Arp, Germaine Richier and Marino Marini from the Finn family collection will feature at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in New York on May 16. Together the five sculptures are estimated in excess of $17 million. This group is united further by the fact that each piece was conceived in the 1950s, during the period of turmoil and uncertainty following World War II.

    The five exceptional modern sculptures were collected by David and Laura Finn. David Finn, co founder of pr firm Ruder Finn, is a celebrated sculpture photographer whose prolific work championed the art form.  Through their collecting, they developed not only a staunch patronage but also enduring friendships with many artists – particularly Henry Moore. Mr. Finn photographed and published Moore’s sculptures over a number of decades, playing a vital role in expanding the artist’s audience internationally. Moore hand-selected Seated Woman (estimate $4/6 million) for the couple during a visit to his studio.

    Henry Moore
    Seated Woman
    Conceived in 1956-1957 ($4-6 million)

    Germaine Richier
    Don Quichotte
    Conceived in 1950-51 ($1.5-2.5 million)

    Jean Arp
    Torse de Pyrénées
    Conceived in 1959 $1.5-2.5 million

    Alberto Giacometti
    Buste de Diego
    Conceived circa 1957 ($10-15 million)


    Thursday, June 30th, 2016

    Henry Moore - Festival. The 1951 work was commissioned for the Festival of Britain.

    Henry Moore – Festival. The 1951 work was commissioned for the Festival of Britain.

    Christie’s Defining British Art: Evening Sale, curated as part of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the company, was led by an iconic sculpture by Henry Moore in London tonight. His Reclining Figure, Festival sold for a record £24.7 million in a sale that brought in £99,479,500. There were records for Frank Auerbach, Lynn Chadwick, Frederick Lord Leighton, Henry Moore, Samuel John Peploe, Bridget Riley, David Roberts and Thomas Daneill. Registered bidders from 32 countries from across four continents demonstrated continuing global demand. The sale was 87% sold by lot and 83% sold by value.  The diverse works of art represented provided a journey through British art over four centuries. Version No. 2 of Lying Figure with Hypodermic Syringe by Francis Bacon made £20.2 million.

    Ever since James Christie first opened his doors in 1766 the company has championed art and artists and artists like Reynolds and Gainsborough were regular visitors to the rooms in early years.

     “We saw global participation tonight with strong bidding from the Americas and are very pleased with establishing so many artist world records in this sale that celebrated British art and our long relationship with artists and collectors,” said Jussi Pylkkänen, Global President and lead auctioneer. “We thank all our clients, vendors and buyers, past, present or future, for entrusting us now and over the centuries with the safe passage of precious and historic objects – from one country to another, and from one generation to its successor.”

    (See post on for June 2 and June 9, 2016)


    Thursday, June 9th, 2016

    Henry Moore - Reclining Figure: Festival © Susan Young

    Henry Moore – Reclining Figure: Festival © Susan Young

    Henry Moore’s ground-breaking 1951 modernist sculpture Reclining Figure: Festival will lead the sculpture section of Christie’s 250th  anniversary auction, Defining British Art, in London on June 30.  Commissioned for the Festival of Britain in 1951 it was a focal point on the newly built South Bank. This was Moore’s first large reclining figure to be cast in bronze. The artist said it was the first sculpture in which he succeeded in making form and space sculpturally inseparable. The work is now estimated at £15-20 million. It will be offered alongside further large-scale major British sculptures by Dame Barbara Hepworth, Sea Form (Atlantic), 1964 (£3-5 million) and Lynn Chadwick, Back to Venice, 1988 from the artist’s estate (£1.4-1.8 million).

    Cyanne Chutkow, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist & Modern Art, Christie’s said: “Reclining Figure: Festival is one of the great masterpieces of Moore’s oeuvre and is arguably his most masterful and elegant sculptural synthesis of form and space. Privately held in an American collection for almost a half century, this work is a testament to the owners’ discerning and sophisticated artistic sensibility.”



    Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

    Around 250 artworks illustrating the role Britain played in the development of modernism will feature at Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction in London on March 16.   The sale encompasses fine art, prints, sculpture, photography, studio ceramics and design.

    This is the fourth Made in Britain said and estimates start at just £200.  There are works by L.S. Lowry, Damien Hirst, Patrick Heron, Norman Parkinson, Frank Auerbach, Mary Fedden and David Hockney. The auction will also offer 19 works from the collection of the Martyn Goff, the driving force behind the Booker Prize. His first novel, The Plaster Fabric, was published in 1957. A highlight from the collection is a maquette for Henry Moore’s screen for the Time-Life building in Mayfair (£15,000-20,000).

    Henry Moore - Time-Life screen.

    Henry Moore – Time-Life screen.

    Banksy's Have a Nice Day.

    Banksy’s Have a Nice Day.