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
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.