Equestrian bronze could top British sale

Horse Head, by Dame Elisabeth Frink.
Horse Head, by Dame Elisabeth Frink.

An equine sculpture by renowned artist Dame Elisabeth Frink is one of the highlights of an upcoming sale of British art at Sotheby’s.

The bronze Horse Head is expected to be one of the sale toppers, with a pre-auction estimate of between £30,000 and £50,000. It is the third in an edition of 6.

Frink, who died in 1993 at the age of 63, conceived the work in 1963. Sotheby’s reports that Horse Head is structurally sound and appears in “excellent overall condition”. It is 27cm (10.5 inches) high.

It was acquired from its present owner in April 2001 from Beaux Arts in London.

There are two other Frink bronzes in the April 1 sale, with Cock, a portrayal of a rooster, and Homme Libellule I. Both are expected to fetch between £15,000 and £25,000.

In June 2013, a large bronze Frink sculpture of a horse and rider fetched £566,500 at auction at Sotheby’s.

British-born Frink achieved great popularity through her monumental figurative sculptures and obtained important public commissions in both Britain and the United States.

She had ridden as a youngster in Suffolk, but with her move to the south of France in 1967 for a time, discovered the horses of the Camargue, which brought a new strand of understanding to her interpretation of the subject.

The Made in Britain sale is the first of its type for Sotheby’s. It comprises British art from the 20th century and will celebrate British creativity across the disciplines of Fine Art, Prints, Sculpture, Photography, Studio Ceramics, Silver, Furniture and Modern Design.

The sale will demonstrate the links between these disciplines and illustrate the very significant, and often overlooked, role that Britain played in the development of modernism internationally.


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