25th Oct, 2022 9:30


Lot 291


Henry Moore (1898-1986)

Henry Moore (1898-1986)
'Two Standing Figures', 1949
screenprint in colours on linen by Ascher Fabrics, signed and dated to the print 'Moore 49', numbered 7/30
263 x 182cm
In 1948, Henry Moore was commissioned by Lida and Zika Ascher to execute two large silkscreen-printed panels, of which this is one, the other entitled 'Reclining Figure'. They were each produced in a limited edition of thirty and exhibited at the Lefevre Gallery, London, from October to November 1948, alongside two silkscreens of similar scale by Henri Matisse.

After the Lefevre exhibition, the panels were exhibited in art galleries in Britain and abroad, and received widespread coverage in the press. The couturier, Hardy Amies, made 'Two Standing Figures' a feature of his London flat and was portrayed in front of the panel in an article in the Daily Mail of 17 July 1967.

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Mid-Century and Modern Design

A selection of Mid-Century and Modern Design from our 25 October Design sale

Sold for £21,000

Condition Report

Some minor stains occurring throughout. With some water marks along the bottom edge of the textile. The sides with some foxing to the edges. Some minor folding creases. Additional images uploaded.
The colours are still saturated and clear. With a later application of velcro to the verso for suspension.

(Henry Moore Foundation Tex. 20)



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Auction: Design, 25th Oct, 2022



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