Lawrence Holofcener (born 1926) Allies 52 cm. (20 1/2 in.) long (including the base)
Lot 27
Lawrence Holofcener (born 1926) Maquette for Allies 52 cm. (20 1/2 in.) long (including the wooden base)
Sold for £45,650 (US$ 73,270) inc. premium

Lot Details
Lawrence Holofcener (born 1926)
Maquette for Allies
signed, dated and numbered 'L holofcener 97 35/50' and further signed with monogram (on the back of the base); inscribed with title (on the front of the base)
bronze with a brown patina on a wooden base
52 cm. (20 1/2 in.) long (including the wooden base)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    The Artist

    "I normally create a maquette before attempting life-size, but I was impetuous. Besides, I had already created several sketches in clay at the King Edward VI School in Southampton where I was artist-in-residence, plus a half-life size in the States.

    Allies sat on Bond Street for several years when Gill Catto of the Catto Gallery in Hampstead asked me for a maquette, thinking to sell them. It didn't exist, I told her. She asked if I would consider creating one, marketing an edition of 50. I thought she would be lucky to sell 2 or 3, then Gill's husband offered to buy #1. Immediately, I started on it with their caveat that it be exactly 1/4 life-size of the one on Bond Street, no variations, no improvements. I agreed. Barlow Tyrie, which had supplied the big bench, created an exact 1/4 size bench. I modelled two unclothed clay figures and paused, stumped: how was I to create an exact 1/4 life-size without having my life-size in front of me?

    Simple: Julia and I drove to Bond Street from our Isle of Wight home, plus table, chair, tools, clay and the little bench. We set it all before the life-size sculpture and I got to work. "Are you an art-student? (Do I look like a student?). Have you the artist's permission? (The artist is dead). How about the City of Westminster? (I'll be gone before they catch me). After 4-5 days of work and chatter, I was finished, and to date almost 40 have been sold. So much for my 2 or 3!"

    (In conversation with the artist, April 2013)
Auction information

The 29 May sale was the departments most successful auction to date making almost £5m.

Furthermore, it was 90% sold by value with some staggering results achieved for fresh, competitively priced material sourced from private collections. Over half of sold lots soared above their high estimates, indicating that Bonhams is best positioned to secure the best price for your Modern British & Irish Art.

The variety on offer within this genre continues to delight buyers, proven by exceptional results for post-war masters such as Auerbach, Scully, Hockney and Freud whilst the early-mid century examples by Spencer, Lavery, Burra and Moore also exceeded expectation. We were proud to break our own world auction record twice over in the same sale for a pencil drawing by L.S. Lowry. Agecroft Regatta sold for £211,250, pipping The Organ Grinder (£151,250) to the title. The sculpture and Irish content were similarly contended for by the packed saleroom and busy telephones.

The cover lot Garden Path, Cookham Rise by Sir Stanley Spencer fetched an impressive £769,250 while the much admired Oil-bound Puffin by Lucian Freud commanded £385,250 on the day, with both returning to private collections.

We are delighted to now invite consignments for the forthcoming auction on 20 November 2013.

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