The Small; to keep in the period we have a charming niche figure in the Arts & Crafts manner, of a young woman carrying the bough of an oak tree as an attribute of Autumn – how apt!
Dora Gordine with ‘Demi-Pli
’ 1948 shows a style harking back to her time in Paris where she, by repute, met Aristide Maillol and learnt to patinate and also cast bronze through the lost wax (cire perdue) process.
And from the original ‘Antique’ here we have a fine Neapolitan bronze of The Spinario, or thorn puller, raised on a fine Sienna and white statuary marble column – the story goes that the subject celebrates how a young shepherd boy only stopped to remove a thorn after a message was delivered safely to the Senate.
A message of a different kind is delivered in 1937 by Peter Laszlo Peri, through his work ‘Street Sweeper’, “...show him not as a pompous heroic figure, but as part of our surroundings. I choose one of his characteristic resting poses, I have drawn my neighbour's attention to another neighbour whom he passed a thousand times on the street, but to whom he never gave a second thought." As a footnote in history, Peri's critically acclaimed exhibition was opened by none other than Anthony Blunt.