Lot 350
  • 350

Alexander Archipenko

Estimate
350,000 - 450,000 GBP
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Description

  • Alexander Archipenko
  • Gondolier
  • inscribed Archipenko, dated 1914 and numbered 5/6
  • bronze
  • height: 159cm., 62 1/2 in.

Provenance

Emanuel M. Terner (acquired directly from the artist in 1964)
Private Collection, USA (by descent from the above; sale: Sotheby's, New York, 5th May 2009, lot 8)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Literature

Georges Vantongerloo, De Stijl, vol. II, 1918, no. 10, illustration of another cast pl. XVI
Fannina W. Haller, 'Kandinsky, Archipenko, Chagall' in Die Bildenden Künste, 1920, vol. IV, nos. 11-12, illustration of another cast p. 180
Theodor Däubler & Ivan Goll, Archipenko-Album, Potsdam, 1921, illustration of another cast pl. 5
Michel Seuphor, La Sculpture du siècle, Neuchâtel, 1959, illustration of another cast p. 26
Alexander Archipenko (ed.), Archipenko, Fifty Creative Years 1908-1958, New York 1960, no. 142, illustration of another cast n.p.
Giovanni Sangiorgi, Gino Severini & Alexander Archipenko, Alexander Archipenko, Rome, 1963, no. 13, illustration of another cast n.p.
Donald H. Karshan (ed.), Archipenko International Visionary, Washington, 1969, no. 20, illustrations of another cast pp. 47 & 56
Donald H. Karshan, Archipenko, The Sculpture and Graphic Art, Tübingen, 1974, mentioned pp. 11-12, 15, 18, 23, 32, 36, 149 & 156, illustration of another cast pp. 10 & 149
Bernard Dorival, 'Alexander Archipenko' in Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire de l'Art français, 1975 (Année 1974), no. 34, illustrated p. 206, illustration of another cast p. 208
Katherine J. Michaelson, Archipenko, A study of the Early Works 1908-20, New York, 1977, illustration of another cast pl. S54
Anette Barth, Alexander Archipenkos plastisches Œuvre, Frankfurt am Main, 1997, vol. II, no. 56, illustrations of another cast p. 123 & 125
Michael Frank, 'Return Engagement: An Eclectic Design for a Classic New York Apartment Evolves Over Two Decades' in Architectural Digest, November 1998, illustrated in colour pp. 246-253
Alexander Archipenko, Vision and Continuity (exhibition catalogue), The Ukrainian Museum, New York; Smith College Museum of Art, Massachusetts & Elvehjem Museum of Art, Wisconsin, 2005-2006, no. 35, colour illustration of the smaller version p. 62
Frances Archipenko Gray, My Life with Alexander Archipenko, Munich, 2014, colour illustration of the smaller version p. 184

Condition

Attractive deep black patina. Apart from some light dirt in the crevices and some very minor handling wear to the protruding edges, this work appears to be in very good original condition.
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Catalogue Note

The present work was commissioned during the artist's lifetime by avid collector Emanuel M. Terner but was completed and delivered after his death.