Chadwick masterpieces triumph at Bonhams Modern British and Irish Art sale
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Chadwick masterpieces triumph at Bonhams Modern British and Irish Art sale
Lynn Chadwick. Maquette Jubilee II. Sold for £838,750. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A fine collection of works by the British sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) made a combined total of more than £1,225,000 at Bonhams Modern British and Irish Art sale in London today (Wednesday 30 June). Consigned direct from the family, the six pieces – all of which sold – had never before been offered at auction. Overall, the sale made a total of £3,657,450.

Leading the group of Chadwicks was Maquette Jubilee II which sold for £838,750 having been estimated at £300,000-500,000. Other highlights of the collection included:

• Cloaked Couple V. Sold for £150,250 (estimate: £100,000-150,000).

• Winged Figures. Sold for £100,250 (estimate: £60,000-80,000).

• Sitting Couple. Sold for £82,250 (estimate: £25,000-35,000).

Elsewhere in the 71-lot sale there was a strong showing by painters associated with the Bloomsbury Group. Works included:

• Pond from a Window by Vanessa Bell (1879-1961). Sold for £62,750 (estimate: £12,000-18,000).

• Vanessa Bell in a Deckchair by Roger Fry (1866-1934). Sold for £56,500 (estimate: £15,000-25,000).

• Seated Male Nude by Duncan Grant (1885-1978). Sold for £52,750 (estimate: £12,000-18,000).

Bonhams Director of Modern British and Irish Art Penny Day said: “In a very strong sale, the remarkable sculptures by Lynn Chadwick really stood out. There was fierce competition to acquire these wonderful pieces which had such impeccable provenance, and which were being offered for the first time at auction. Works by the Bloomsbury Group also did well, demonstrating the continued robust health of this market.”

Other highlights of the sale included:

• June 15-47 Foxy by Ben Nicholson (1894-1982). Sold for £300,250 (estimate: £120,00-180,000)

• Potaroway by Sir Frank Bowling (born 1934). Sold for £237,750 (estimate: £80,000-120,000).

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