Dame Barbara Hepworth (British, 1903-1975) Mincarlo 34.2 cm. (13 1/2 in.) high (including the base) Conceived and cast in 1971 (This work is recorded as BH 526)

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Lot 48* AR
Dame Barbara Hepworth
(British, 1903-1975)
Mincarlo 34.2 cm. (13 1/2 in.) high (including the base) Conceived and cast in 1971

Sold for £ 131,250 (US$ 185,673) inc. premium
Dame Barbara Hepworth (British, 1903-1975)
Mincarlo
numbered '2/9' (on the base)
polished bronze and string on a slate base
34.2 cm. (13 1/2 in.) high (including the base)
Conceived and cast in 1971
This work is recorded as BH 526

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    With Marlborough Fine Art, London, December 1972, where acquired by
    Peter Curry Esq.
    Sale; Sotheby's, London, 1 December 1999, lot 63
    The Late Countess Poulett

    Exhibited
    St Ives, Penwith Gallery, Penwith Society of Arts Spring 1972 Exhibition, March-June 1972, cat.no.5 (another cast)
    Toronto, Marlborough Godard Gallery, Barbara Hepworth: Carvings and Bronzes, May 1973, cat.no.8 (another cast)
    London, William Darby, Barbara Hepworth 1903-1975, 10-28 November 1975, cat.no.10 (another cast)

    We are grateful to Dr. Sophie Bowness for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.

    'I arranged in my studio, opposite my bed, a mirror which reflects
    the rising morning sun – for half an hour with incredible splendour
    this moving & focused source of light travels slowly over the nine
    sculptures in its path – Hollows & piercings, forms within forms, strings
    & features, volume & space are animated to a new vibration of life &
    every form & contour, known so intimately by my hands, reveals its
    proper significance'

    (Barbara Hepworth letter to Herbert Read, January 1953 in Sophie
    Bowness, Barbara Hepworth: The Sculptor in the Studio, London,
    2017, p. 28)

    The present work is at once abstract but as ever for Hepworth, rooted
    in nature. With its multiple circular forms (both internally and as a
    whole) it brings to mind the sun and celestial forms. This is reinforced
    through the highly-polished patina allowing for light to pass over and
    through but also to reflect from one plane to another. Hepworth began
    piercing her carvings as early as 1931 and this preoccupation was to
    span her entire career in all mediums, as in Mincarlo. Here the viewer
    is presented with three large interlocking bronze spheres with a six
    further open circles penetrating their polished surfaces. Criss-crossing
    these are strings, themselves crossing over and under one another,
    making for a complex and visually arresting form that can be enjoyed
    from all angles.

    We are grateful to Dr. Sophie Bowness for her assistance in
    cataloguing this lot.
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Dame Barbara Hepworth (British, 1903-1975) Mincarlo 34.2 cm. (13 1/2 in.) high (including the base) Conceived and cast in 1971 (This work is recorded as BH 526)
Dame Barbara Hepworth (British, 1903-1975) Mincarlo 34.2 cm. (13 1/2 in.) high (including the base) Conceived and cast in 1971 (This work is recorded as BH 526)
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