Details & Cataloguing

Modern & Post-War British Art


Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
width: 12cm.; 4¾in.
Conceived in 1914, with 14 bronzes cast for H. S. Ede by Fiorini from the green marble original between 1964-8, with 1 separate casting in lead on behalf of H.S. Ede. 
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H.S. Ede, by whom gifted to the family of the previous owners circa 1965
Their sale, Sotheby's London, 12th July 2013, lot 108, where acquired by the present owner


London, Arts Council of Great Britain, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, An Exhibition of Sculpture, Pastels and Drawings, 1956, cat. no.25 (marble version);
Orléans, Musée des Beaux Arts d'Orléans, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, March - April 1956, cat. no.5 (marble version);
London, Marlborough Fine Art, Gaudier-Brzeska, February 1965, cat. no.96 (another bronze cast);
Bielefeld, Bielefeld Kunsthalle, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891-1915, 1969, cat. no.11 (another bronze cast);
London, Hayward Gallery, Vorticism and Its Allies, 27th March - 2nd June 1974, (marble version);
Cambridge, Kettle's Yard, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Sculptor, 15th October - 20th November 1983, cat. no.67, illustrated (marble version), with Arts Council tour to City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol; and York City Art Gallery, York;
Edinburgh, Mercury Gallery, Gaudier-Brzeska Drawings and Sculpture, 30th March - 28th April 1984, cat. no.9 (another bronze cast);
Orléans, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, June - September 1993, cat. no.37 (marble version);
Paris, Centre Pompidou, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska dans les Collections du Centre Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne, 24th June - 14th September 2009, cat. no.54, illustrated (another bronze cast), with tour to Musée des Beaux Arts d'Orléans, Orléans.


A.M. Hammacher, Modern English Sculpture, Thames & Hudson, London, 1967, p.54, illustrated (another bronze cast);
Richard Cork, Vorticism and Abstract Art in the First Machine Age, Volume II, Synthesis and Decline, London, 1976, pp.433-34, illustrated (marble version);
Roger Cole, Burning to Speak, The Life and Art of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Phaidon, Oxford, 1978, cat. no.55, p.108, illustrated (marble version);
Roger Cole, Gaudier-Brzeska, Artists and Myth, Sansom & Company, Bristol, 1995, illustrated pl.32 (another bronze cast);
Evelyn Silber, Gaudier-Brzeska, Life and Art, Thames and Hudson, London, 1996, cat. no.90, p.272, illustrated pl.132 (marble version).

Catalogue Note

We are grateful to Roger Cole, whose publication on Henri Gaudier-Brzeska No Stone Unturned will be published later this year with a newly revised catalogue raisonné, for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.

Duck was one of a number of small sculptures created by Gaudier as' hand held gifts' for friends in return for their help and kindness. An unlimited edition of replica casts in Crystacal plaster has also been produced exclusively for Kettle's Yard, using moulds taken from a bronze cast in the Kettles Yard Collection.

Modern & Post-War British Art