Lot 25
  • 25

Henry Moore

2,000,000 - 3,000,000 USD
1,818,500 USD
bidding is closed


  • Henry Moore
  • Working model for draped reclining figure
  • Inscribed with the signature Moore and numbered 3/9
  • Bronze


Galerie Beyeler, Basel

Acquired from the above on November 14, 1985


Franco Russoli & David Mitchinson, ed., Henry Moore Sculpture, New York, 1981, nos. 590-591, illustrations of another cast p. 284

Henry Moore, Sculptures, Drawings, Graphics, 1921-1981 (exhibition catalogue), Parque de El Retiro, Madrid, 1981, nos. 590-591, illustrations of another cast p. 284

Henry Moore in Israel (exhibition catalogue), Horace Richter Gallery, Tel-Aviv, 1982, no. 28, illustration of another cast p. 40

Alan Bowness, ed., Henry Moore, Sculptures and drawings, Volume 5, Sculpture 1974-80, vol. 5, London, 1983, no. 705, illustration of another cast p. 30, pls. 94 and 95 (as dating from 1976-79)

Henry Moore (exhibition catalogue), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1992, no. 167, illustration of another cast p. 187

Henry Moore, gli ultimi 10 anni (exhibition catalogue), Castelgrande de Bellinzona, Switzerland & Castel Nuovo di Napoli, 1995, no. 16, illustration in color of another cast p. 67

Henry Moore in the Light of Greece (exhibition catalogue), Andros, Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2000, no. 42, illustration in color of another cast

Catalogue Note

Between 1974 and 1980, Moore created three great sculptures of a recumbent female form, Reclining Figure: Angles, Reclining Figure: Prop and Draped Reclining Figure.  In their refinement and naturalism, these sculptures harkened back to the more realistically modeled figures of his earlier career while also exhibiting the assured abstract sensibility that characterized his later production.  Sir Alan Bowness wrote, "If one reviews the work done since 1973 the most obvious characterstic is a certain sense of consolidation – the drawing together of the threads of a long and various career.  The invention is as marked as ever, but it often operates within the most fundamental motif of Moore's entire work – that of the reclining female figure" (A. Bowness, op. cit.,  p. 7).


Moore's practice was typically to envision a piece first on a small, table-top scale, referred to as a maquette.  He would then model an intermediary scale "working model" of approximately 2-3 feet before finally creating an enlarged, final phase of monumental scale.  Unlike Angles and Prop for which there are bronze editions of nine in both working model and large scale, the present form, Draped Reclining Figure, was only enlarged once as a unique piece in travertine marble (Collection of The Henry Moore Foundation).   The present bronze, therefore, represents a rare form from this period in the artist's career.