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Lot 36Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
French, 1891-1915
Three Monkeys
Stamped hGaudierBrzeska and numbered 5/12 on the underside
Composite stone
Height 7 inches

Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, U.K., acquired by the present owner in 1966

Harold Stanley Ede, A Life of Gaudier-Brzeska, London, 1930, p. 204
Roger Cole, Burning to Speak: The Life and Art of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Oxford, 1978, cat. no. 13, p. 60
Evelyn Silber, Gaudier-Brzeska. Life and Art, London and New York, 1996, cat. no. 103, pp. 274-5 (dated 1914)

Originally conceived in 1912-1914, it was later cast in an edition of twelve. Numbers 1, 2 and 4 of the edition belong to Cambridge University, the Tate Gallery and the Musee Nationale d'Art Moderne in Paris, respectively. The original is owned by Cambridge University.

Sold for $2,250
Estimate $800-1,200

There is a very faint line running, most likely from the mould, from the central monkey's forehead down to the lower right of the sculpture. There is a very small nick to the central monkey's proper left eye. There are very faint air bubbles throughout, in keeping with the Artist's material, and a small number of faint scuffs to the surface of the sculpture, including to the protruding edges of the monkeys' faces and limbs. There is evidence of surface dirt throughout, particularly to the creviced areas of the surface.

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