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Blazing a Trail / Dame Elisabeth Frink R.A. (British, 1930-1993) Mecca-Dante Trophy 30.5 cm. (12 in.) high (Conceived in 1982-3)

Lot 14
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Dame Elisabeth Frink R.A.
(British, 1930-1993)
Mecca-Dante Trophy 30.5 cm. (12 in.) high
28 September 2022, 15:00 BST
London, New Bond Street

£30,000 - £50,000

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Dame Elisabeth Frink R.A. (British, 1930-1993)

Mecca-Dante Trophy
signed and numbered 'Frink 9/10' (on the base)
bronze with a dark brown patina
30.5 cm. (12 in.) high
Conceived in 1982-3

Footnotes

Provenance
Sale; Phillips, London, 25 November 1997, lot 96
Private Collection, U.K.

Literature
Jill Wilder, Elisabeth Frink Sculpture, Catalogue Raisonné, Harpvale, Salisbury, 1984, p.197, cat.no.276 (ill.b&w, another cast)
Annette Ratuszniak, Elisabeth Frink, Catalogue Raisonné of Sculpture 1947-93, Lund Humphries, London, 2013, p.156, cat.no.FCR314 (col.ill., another cast)

For Frink, the particular interest in sculpting animals lay in their relation to humans. She was purposeful in her selection, favouring species which had an ancient history of domestication. By considering the role of the horse, or dog, or boar which has been by man's side throughout our history, she is also considering humanity's own place.

Amongst the most familiar of Frink's motifs, her examination of horses dates back to her earliest works of the 1950s, however it is the equine subjects which dominated her output between 1969 and 1985 that receive the highest acclaim:

'This is Frink at her most relaxed. She knew everything about horses, and had the ability to sculpt them with both broad consequence and, at the same time, exacting precision. This accounts for their strength and agility. There's hardly any detail, but they are so alive that you expect one at any moment to flick a fly away with the swish of its tail or shake of its head.' (Julian Spalding, in Annette Ratuszniak (ed.), Elisabeth Frink, Catalogue Raisonné of Sculpture 1947-93, Lund Humphries, London, 2013, p.18)

This particular horse was commissioned for the 1983 Mecca-Dante Stakes, the winner of which was a horse called Hot Touch, owned by Mr. E Mollers, trained by Geoff Wragg and ridden by Pat Eddery.

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