Vulcan (Study for Newcastle) signed, inscribed and dated '1998/Eduardo Paolozzi/A/C' (on the base) bronze with a black patina 71.1 cm. (28 in.) high (including base)
PROVENANCE: The artist's estate With Flowers Gallery, London where acquired by the present owner Private Collection, Canada
The present lot is a maquette for a seven metre high bronze known as The Newcastle Vulcan (2000, collection of Peter Millican) which became a local landmark when installed in the city's Central Square from May 2000 until 2009. Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and smithery, and his Greek counterpart Hephaestus, was a recurrent subject for Paolozzi from the mid 1980s onwards as an icon of the archetypal sculptor. Further notable examples of this motif include the monumental welded steel Vulcan (1999, National Galleries of Scotland) and Artist as Hephaestus (1987).
Vulcan (Study for Newcastle) may also have been known as simply Study for Newcastle or Vulcan. It is most probably from an overall edition of six casts, three of which would be numbered and three of which would be artist's casts. It was common for Paolozzi to work in this fashion and to customise each cast with small variations, he regarded these as unique works. The present lot was cast by the Livingstone Foundry, Kent.
We are grateful to Professor Robin Spencer for his assistance in cataloguing this work.