Henry Moore ‘Mask’ sale

A rare Mask sculpture by Henry Moore is expected to sell for up to £1.5m at auction in London today.

The sculpture, one of 12 known small carvings by Moore, is called Mask and is the only one the artist carved from alabaster. 

Created in 1929 the work leads Bonhams Modern British and Irish Art auction in London.

Estimated at £1,000,000-1,500,000, Mask is offered for sale for the first time for over 80 years and is the first time it has been put up for auction.

The work was first acquired by Felix Salmon, whose family owned 250 teashops known as Lyons Corner Houses in addition to exclusive hotels and restaurants in central London.

Matthew Bradbury, Bonhams Director of Modern British and Irish Art says the item is ‘arguably the most visually appealing and beautiful from the Mask series that Moore executed between 1924 and 1930.

‘It shows the deep impact of the 9th Century Toltec-Maya sculpture, Chac Mool from Yucatan in Mexico, which Moore first saw at the Trocadero Museum in Paris in 1925’. 

Only four Masks remain in private collections, with others located in Tate, The Henry Moore Foundation and Leeds City Art Gallery.

Mask was shown at Henry Moore's first solo exhibition at Leicester Galleries in London in 1931 and has recently has been on loan to Leeds City Art Gallery, not far from Moore's home town of Castleford.

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Posted on 13 Nov 2018 by MinE Team

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