Christie's launches Small is Beautiful online sculpture sale

Simone Says

Simone Says

2015-10-07 11:58:35

Christie's has launched its second annual Small is Beautiful sale, dedicated to tabletop and small-scale sculpture.

Featuring works by Impressionist, Post-War, Modern, Latin American and Contemporary artists, along with items from Antiquity, the sale has something for every collector with estimates ranging from $800-$120,000.

Leading the sale is an important work by the Ukranian artist Alexander Archipenko, regarded as the most influential sculptor of the pre-war Paris avant-garde, whose work influenced generations of sculptors around the world.

The piece on offer at Christie's is the earliest-known casting of one of Archipenko's most famous works, Woman Combing Her Hair, conceived in 1915 and cast in bronze circa 1922.

Having remained in single family ownership since it was first acquired in the 1920s, the sculpture will be offered at auction for the first time with an estimated value of $80,000-$120,000.

The sale will also offer two Henry Moore bronzes formerly owned by Harry A. Brooks, a close friend of the sculptor who forged a long and distinguished career in the New York art world.

The most important of the pair is Small Helmet Head bronze, a unique work created by Moore in 1950. Having spent 60 years in the collection of Brooks' family, and appeared in the important retrospective of Moore's work at the Royal Academy in 1988, the statue is now expected to sell for $80,000-$120,000. 

Notable Post-War and Contemporary lots will include an "iconic" Chillida Lurra terracotta estimated at $100,000-$150,000, and a bronze by the Polish artist Igor Mitoraj estimated at $80,000-$120,000.

Latin American works will also be well-represented, with a rare sculpture by Cuban vanguard artist Mario Carreño offered alongside a wall-relief from Venezuelan-born kinetic artist Jesús Rafael Soto and a unique marble sculpture by Uruguayan contemporary artist Pablo Atchugarry.

Online bidding in the Small is Beautiful sale is now open, and runs until October 20.

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