Robert Adams (British, 1917-1984) Slim Bronze (Hatchet Form) 44.7 cm. (17 1/2 in.) long
Lot 95AR
Robert Adams (British, 1917-1984) Slim Bronze/Hatchet Form 44.7 cm. (17 1/2 in.) long
Sold for £8,750 (US$ 14,003) inc. premium

Lot Details
Robert Adams (British, 1917-1984)
Slim Bronze/Hatchet Form
signed with initial, dated and numbered 'A 71 3/6' (lower left)
bronze with a gold patina on a slate base
44.7 cm. (17 1/2 in.) long
This work is Opus number 328

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Sale; Sotheby's, London, 29 January 1998, lot 648 (as by Denis Mitchell), where purchased by the present owner

    EXHIBITED:
    Northampton, City Art Gallery, Robert Adams: Retrospective Exhibition, 1971, cat.no.73 (another cast); this exhibition toured to Sheffield, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the Camden Arts Centre, London
    London, Gimpel Fils Gallery, Robert Adams, 29 May-22 June 1974, cat.no.1 (another cast)
    New York, Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer Gallery, 1974, cat.no.1 (another cast)

    LITERATURE:
    Alastair Grieve, The Sculpture of Robert Adams, Henry Moore Foundation in association with Lund Humphries, London, 1992, p.230, cat.no.593 (ill.b&w p.124)

    Slim Bronze/Hatchet Form is one of only three bronze works to be included in Adams' 1971 retrospective, the remainder of the exhibition comprising of large steel sculptures and a number of marbles. This concise triplet of works can be viewed as somewhat of a turning point in Adams' oeuvre towards more compact form and an increasing preference for the medium, as Alastair Grieve notes 'the three bronzes shown at Camden are the beginning of a fruitful development which continued over the next decade." (Alastair Grieve, The Sculpture of Robert Adams, Henry Moore Foundation in association with Lund Humphries, London, 1992, p.123).
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