Lynn Chadwick, Bronze, Pair of Sitting Figures (1973)
Lot 62* AR
Lynn Chadwickk, Bronze, Pair of Sitting Figures
(1973)
Sold for £ 118,750 (US$ 151,559) inc. premium

Lot Details
Lynn Chadwick, Bronze, Pair of Sitting Figures (1973) Lynn Chadwick, Bronze, Pair of Sitting Figures (1973)
Lynn Chadwick R.A. (British, 1914-2003)
Pair of Sitting Figures I
stamped and numbered 'CHADWICK 654 6/6 B' (on the female figure's left side); further stamped and numbered 'CHADWICK 654 6/6 B' (on the back of the male figure)
bronze with a black patina
63.5 cm (25 in.) high (2)
Conceived in 1973 and cast in 1987 by Burleighfield Casting

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The Artist's Estate
    With Miriam Sheill Fine Art, Ontario, 9 September 2006, where acquired by the present owner
    Private Collection, Canada

    Exhibited
    London, Marlborough Fine Art, Lynn Chadwick, Recent Sculpture, January-February 1974 (ill.b&w, another cast)
    London, Pangolin, Lynn Chadwick: The Couple, 12 January-26 February 2011, unnumbered (col.ill, another cast)

    Literature
    Dennis Farr & Éva Chadwick, Lynn Chadwick, Sculptor, Lund Humphries, Farnham, 2014, p.294, cat.no.654 (ill.b&w, another cast)

    Mobiles and beasts constructed of welded iron, rods and plaster in the early 1950s soon gave way to the first figures. Initially, they emerged all spindly legs and small, heraldic heads, maintaining an architectural feel. But in the following years the now familiar wings and square flat heads appeared, progressing later into the first seated works of the 1960s. Moving through the decade, the concept was explored further - certain body parts became polished, heads grew taller and multi-faceted, trunks and legs thicker. Later, in the early 1970s, a clear sexual differentiation was established – square head for male, triangular for female.

    Evidently, Lynn Chadwick became absorbed with the success of the present sculpture. Throughout the remainder of 1973 he produced five other versions of Pair of Sitting Figures I, all of which are slightly smaller than this first piece. In some the female is positioned on the right, rather than left, and their legs are raised and rest at more acute angles, but they all retain the dignity and solidity of this prototype. As was often the case with Chadwick's work later during his career, sculptures he deemed particularly satisfactory were then transferred onto an even larger scale. Altering the title ever so slightly to Two Seated Figures I (1973) we are presented with a monumental life-size bronze (Collection of The Art Gallery of Ontario, Hamilton, Canada) which is essentially based on Pair of Sitting Figures I. The ribbing of the drapery worn by the female figure in the present lot is instead swapped onto the male, but the companions exude an even more regal quality recalling Henry Moore's famous King and Queen bronze produced in 1952-53. Dennis Farr comments on Chadwick's enthusiasm for moving his sculptures up a size:

    'He could always make a figure larger, working from a maquette, but it would never be a literal transcription on a larger scale, for he always felt the urge to introduce a new element, a modification to the pose, say, or a different treatment of the surface textures'. (Dennis Far, Lynn Chadwick, Tate Publishing, London, 2003, p.76)

    We are grateful to the Artist's Estate for their assistance in cataloguing this lot.
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