Henry Moore maquette
The Henry Moore maquette ‘Draped Reclining Figure’ to be sold by Cottone Auctions on March 25.

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Cottone in Geneseo, are selling a scale model bronze maquette for a Henry Moore sculpture, Draped Reclining Figure, which was commissioned for the Time Life building on Bond Street in London.

It is part of a group of works from the family of Seymour H Knox (1898-1990) that feature in a March 25 fine art auction. Known as the dean of American art patrons, Knox worked for a number of prominent corporations as well as building up a collection of fine art. Shortly after being elected president of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy Board in 1938, he and other members of his family provided inaugural donations for a Room of Contemporary Art at what is now the Albright-Knox Museum.

Interestingly the Room also helped facilitate the museum’s acquisition of Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure of c.1935-6, the first work by the British sculptor to enter the collection of an American Art Museum.

The Moore maquette being sold by Cottone, which dates from c.1952, measures 4 x 6 ½in (10 x 16cm) and is on the original marble base. It carries an estimate of $100,000-150,000.

Kenneth Armitage bronze

Kenneth Armitage bronze

'Standing figure’ by Kenneth Armitage to be sold by Butterscotch Auctions.

The week before on March 19, Butterscotch Auctions of Bedford Village will be offering a 3ft 9in (1.1m) bronze of a woman by Kenneth Armitage from 1956 in their various owners, mixed discipline sale.

Titled Standing figure, it was created when the Leeds-born artist was working in London in a Notting Hill studio and the auctioneers say that although the catalogue raisonné does not specify, there may have been fewer than half a dozen castings of this figure, which is estimated at $60,000-100,000.