Details & Cataloguing

The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art in aid of the African Arts Trust, Sale 1


Sir Anthony Caro, R.A.
bronze cast and welded, and brass
33 by 57 by 38cm.; 13¼ by 22½ by 15in.

Executed in 1980, the present work is unique.

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Private Collection, USA
Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London, where acquired by the present owner in April 2006


Dieter Blume, Anthony Caro Catalogue Raisonné Vol.II: Bronze Sculptures 1976-1980, Cologne, 1981, cat.no. 777, illustrated p.176.

Catalogue Note

'I had seen so many sculptures on the floor I wished to make a sculpture to stand on a table.  Not a maquette or a small model for a large one, but a small sculpture in its own right.  Therefore the scale had to be established and as in cups, pitchers, scissors, I used handles...'
Anthony Caro, 'My Own Work', Anthony Caro, exh.cat., Fundació Caixa Catalunya, Barcelona, 2002, p.29.

In 1966 Caro began to produce works on a smaller scale than his monumental sculpture of the early 1960s. Recognising that these Table Pieces would need to be lifted from the ground in order to be viewed properly as works in their own right, Caro made a significant move away from the ground-breaking 1960s notion that modern sculpture should be presented directly on the floor.

Rather than placing the sculpture in the centre of a traditional plinth, however, where it would be on a pedestal and removed from the viewer, Caro instead incorporated the structure of the table/plinth, its height, scale and most importantly the edges into the work itself. Caro explained, 'My Table pieces are not models inhabiting a pretence world, but relate to a person like a cup or a jug. Since the edge is basic to the table all the Table Pieces make use of this edge which itself becomes an integral element of the Piece' (Anthony Caro in an unpublished statement 1966/67, as quoted in Ian Barker, Quest for the New Sculpture, Lund Humphries, June 2004, p.161).

The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art in aid of the African Arts Trust, Sale 1