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Judy Kensley McKie
"JAGUAR" BENCH
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 175,000 USD
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256
Judy Kensley McKie
"JAGUAR" BENCH
Estimate
30,00050,000
LOT SOLD. 175,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Important Design

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New York

Judy Kensley McKie
"JAGUAR" BENCH
number 6 from an edition of 12
numbered 6/12, signed and dated © JKM/1992
patinated bronze
26 1/2  x 58 1/2  x 16 3/4  in. (67.3 x 148.6 x 42.5 cm)
1992
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Provenance

Pritam and Eames, East Hampton, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1993

Literature

Bebe Pritam Johnson and Warren Eames Johnson, Speaking of Furniture: Conversations with 14 American Masters, New York, 2013, pp. 90 and 99

Catalogue Note

While originally trained as a painter at the Rhode Island School of Design, Judy Kensley McKie is now best known as a leading figure of the American Studio furniture movement.  McKie started producing pieces of furniture incorporating animalistic motifs in 1971.  Her fascination with Pre-Columbian, African, and Native American visual cultures is apparent in the treatment of her figurative designs, which rely on a uniquely ambiguous rather than realistic style.  Imaginative hybrid monkeys, dogs, and jaguars become integral elements of each piece, occasionally taking the shape of an armrest or the back of a chair.  In some examples, such as the present bench, the animal itself becomes the piece.  By blurring the traditional distinction between form and function, McKie successfully brings her creature-filled universe to life.  Other examples of her Jaguar Bench, considered one of her most important works in bronze, are held in the collections of the Albuquerque Museum and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.

Important Design

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New York