Sir Jacob Epstein (British, 1880-1959) Princess Menen 54 cm. (21 1/4 in.) high
Lot 70*
Sir Jacob Epstein (British, 1880-1959) Princess Menen 54 cm. (21 1/4 in.) high
Sold for £12,600 (US$ 20,405) inc. premium

Lot Details
Sir Jacob Epstein (British, 1880-1959)
Princess Menen
bronze with a brown patina
54 cm. (21 1/4 in.) high
Conceived in 1948-49

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Lady Epstein, from whom purchased by the present owners grandfather in February 1964
    Private Collection, U.S.A.

    EXHIBITED:
    London, The Leicester Galleries, 1950, no.7 (another cast)

    LITERATURE:
    Richard Buckle, Jacob Epstein: Sculptor, Faber and Faber, London, 1963, p.331, no.513 (another cast ill.b&w)
    Evelyn Silber, The Sculpture of Epstein, Phaidon, Oxford, 1986, no.406 (another cast ill.b&w)

    Princess Menen (of whom the sculptor made a second study with earrings) was the half-Belgian niece of the Empress of Abyssinia, along with Princess Desta, whom Epstein also sculpted. The pair were staying with their mother and a small nephew at the St Martin's Hotel when the artist modelled their heads. Their nephew would later become much celebrated in France as the pop singer Johnny Halliday.
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