The Fondazione Giacomo Manzù has kindly confirmed the authenticity of this work.
Alex Reid & Lefevre, London (acquired from the artist and sold: Sotheby's, London, April 1, 1981, lot 88) Acquired at the above sale
“When one watches Manzù in his new studio, talking about his plans or analyzing his work, one cannot escape the impression that here is a man who does not suffer at all by being completely dependent on himself. With a calm certainty, based on things already achieved, he dedicates himself to the only task he knows, namely to give form and thus permanence to his perceptions and slowly nurtured intentions.” —John Rewald
This work is in very good condition. Attractive golden brown patina. There is some dirt in the deepest crevices. Otherwise, fine. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.