HUGHES, TED, O.M. (1930-1998, poet, Poet Laureate)  PORTRAIT WITH A CROW AND A PIKE BY LEONARD BASKI
Lot 74
HUGHES, TED, (1930-1998, poet, Poet Laureate, O.M.) PORTRAIT WITH A CROW AND A PIKE BY LEONARD BASKIN (1922-2000),
Sold for £9,000 (US$ 14,919) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
HUGHES, TED, (1930-1998, poet, Poet Laureate, O.M.)
PORTRAIT WITH A CROW AND A PIKE BY LEONARD BASKIN (1922-2000),
cast bronze plaque, half-length, Hughes, the crow and the pike all in profile, inscribed in the field 'Ted Hughes A[e]t sui 47, Amicus Meus Baskin 1978', founder's mark Makky NYC, number 5 of 6 cast in 2001, 32¼ x 22¾ in(81.9 x 57.8 cm).

Footnotes

  • Ted Hughes and the American sculptor and polymath Leonard Baskin had a deep friendship and creative partnership from the time of their first meeting in 1957 and their influence on one another was profound. It was Baskin who proposed the symbol of crow as a literary vehicle to Ted Hughes: 'Crow grew out of an invitation by Leonard Baskin to make a book with him simply about crows. He wanted an occasion to add more crows to all the crows that flock through his sculpture, drawing and engravings.' It is appropriate therefore that a crow should accompany Hughes in the present portrait. 'Pike' is the title of one of the best-known poems by Hughes, of which Baskin made an illustrated poster. Leonard Baskin illustrated Crow and a number of other books by Hughes.

    The present plaque is number 5 of a limited edition of 6 cast in New York in 2001. A version of the first casting of 1978, again of small limitation, is in the National Portrait Gallery. The colour and patination of the second casting seem superior to those of the first.
Auction information

This sale is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future sales, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this sale, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Similar items