Sun, May 1, 2016 11:00AM EDT - Mon, May 2, 2016 11:00AM EDT
Denis Adeane Mitchell (English, 1912 - 1993), "Trezza"- 1981, incised slate sculpture, inscribed on bottom of attached base "TREZZA 81 DAM". Slate sculpture of pentagonal form in the style of Mitchell's mentor, Barbara Hepworth (English, 1903-1975); front with polished, smooth slate, with incised circle in upper left corner, with incised diagonal line extending from lower right corner to just under incised circle form; back with raw, untreated slate; with black stone attached base. Approximate height with base 7.9", width 4", depth 2.75". Provenance: New Art Centre, London, whereby acquired by the Estate of Joseph Gilbert of Atlanta, Georgia in 1986. 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.
Overall excellent condition. Front with extremely minor abrasion to lower left edge, likely original to piece. Back with natural stone surface with ridges, veins and divots commensurate with material and handling. Plinth top with two small areas of abrasion (approximately 3 mm) to top. Plinth underside with minor losses to back left and right corners, each approximately 0.25", stable and not distracting. Plinth underside with surface scratches commensurate with surface contact and light adhesive remnants.