Sun, May 1, 2016 11:00AM EDT - Mon, May 2, 2016 11:00AM EDT
Denis Adeane Mitchell (English, 1912 - 1993), "Variations on a Theme"-1970, bronze sculpture, edition 1/9, inscribed on bottom of attached base "D.A.M. 1970 1/9 MS". Bronze sculpture of round form with convex front and concave back; front with three pierced circles aligned vertically whose sizes increase as they descend, such that the smallest circle is at top and the largest is at the bottom; the piercings are contained in an elongated ovoidal depression with green patinated bronze; from behind, patinated ovoidal depression is significantly smaller and less depressed; with attached black stone base. Approximate height with base 7.125", width 5.125", depth 2.6". Provenance: Marjorie Parr Gallery, London, whereby acquired by the Estate of Joseph Gilbert of Atlanta, Georgia on 9/26/1970. Copy of purchase receipt available upon request. Note: Denis Mitchell was a prominent figure in the St. Ives Modernists group, having worked in the studio of Barbara Hepworth (English, 1903-1975). Mitchell's work is in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery, National Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and the National Gallery of Wellington, New Zealand among other prominent institutions.
Scattered pitting to disk, more prevalent at top front and back. Oxidation to surface surrounding vertically aligned pierced circles at front, very minor oxidation at back. Minor surface scratches throughout, not distracting. Black stone plinth base with scattered surface scratches, with re-touched surface scratch on top of base at back, with minor loss to front right corner (not distracting), with matte black tape applied to all sides of base excepting top likely to protect stone surface (not removed in order to preserve current condition). Underside of base with felt and adhesive remnants.