Dame Elisabeth Frink R.A. (British, 1930-1993) Bird 22.5 cm. (8 7/8 in.) high (excluding the stone base)
Lot 18AR
Dame Elisabeth Frink R.A.
(British, 1930-1993)
Bird 22.5 cm. (8 7/8 in.) high (excluding the stone base)
Sold for £37,500 (US$ 60,524) inc. premium

Lot Details
Dame Elisabeth Frink R.A. (British, 1930-1993)
Bird
signed and numbered '1/1/Frink' (on the bronze base)
bronze with a dark brown patina on a stone base
22.5 cm. (8 7/8 in.) high (excluding the stone base)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Acquired directly from the artist by the late wife of the present owner
    circa 1950

    Frink's early Bird bronzes dating from the 1950s are fascinating
    sculptures. They take ravens, vultures and hens as their subjects. Never
    previously offered for sale this particular version is among the
    artist's earliest forays into three dimensional works. It was gifted by
    the sculptor to the late wife of the present owner, shortly after
    casting, whilst she was a student at St Martin's School of Art in London
    being taught by Frink. Frustratingly, its exact date is unknown.
    Sometimes these birds were depicted dead, others are in a state of
    aggression, squawking with neck outstretched or wings flapping. But with
    the present lot the bird is depicted with a relaxed posture, still
    gangling yet with more composure.
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