HALF a million pounds could be bid for a sculpture by a giant of post war art from Stroud.
‘Two Reclining Figures’ by Lynn Chadwick will go under the hammer at Bonhams auction of British and Irish art on Wednesday, May 28 in London for an estimated £400,000 to £600,000.
It comes as preparations are under way to celebrate the 1914 birth of the sculptor who lived most of his life at Lypiatt Park until his death in 2003.
Gallery Pangolin in Chalford will unveil a special exhibition at Stroud Museum in the Park next month.
Chadwick was born in London and worked as a draughtsman for several London architects until serving as a Royal Navy pilot in the Fleet Air Arm from 1941 to 1944. After the war he worked as a freelance designer until 1952 and was commissioned to produce three works for the 1951 Festival of Britain exhibition. He exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1952 with Reg Butler, Bernard Meadows and Eduardo Paolozzi and he won the International Prize for Sculpture in Venice in 1956.
He was made a CBE in 1964, and a French Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1985.
Matthew Bradbury, Bonhams head of British and Irish art said: “Two reclining figures is among Lynn Chadwick’s most tender sculptures. The couple display an intimacy rarely seen in the artist’s sculptures up to this point.
“It is from a small edition, only four, and further editions with Chadwick’s customary shiny faces were in this instance not produced.”
To celebrate his centenary year, Gallery Pangolin are planning a very different kind of exhibition – a recreation of his working studio, from June 14 to July 13.
Visitors will be able to experience the unique atmosphere of Chadwick’s workspace, with workbench, anvil, tools and materials, laid out just as he had.
“We hope to be able to suggest Lynn has just popped out for lunch and might be back at any minute,” said Rungwe Kingdon, director of Pangolin Editions.