Four bronze door handles, mounted together on one board each handle 11.5 x 9.5cm (4 3/4 x 3 3/4in), overall size 18.5 x 70.5cm (7 1/4 x 27 3/4in)
PROVENANCE: Gifted to Louis Osman by the artist and thence by descent
In 1950 the architect Louis Osman was employed by the convent in Cavendish Square to rebuild parts of the bomb-damaged buildings. Epstein was commissioned to create the sculpture Madonna and Child (a maquette of which is featured in our New Bond Street sale on 14th November)which would appear on the covered bridge linking the buildings on the west and east sides of the square. Some time after the unveiling of the Madonna Louis Osman designed some door handles which he suggested that Epstein should adorn with cherub's heads as as present for the Convent in Cavendish Square. The four door handles took the form of oval knobs, each bearing the face of a different baby angel enclosed in wings. They were based on four child portaits, 'Peter laughing', 'Ian', 'Annabel' and 'Isobel Hughes' - a few years later another set were cast for Coventry Cathedral.