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Dog - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Dog - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

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Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) was one of the leading figures of European avant-garde sculpture. Gaudier played an important role in the development of modern sculpture in Britain, working alongside Ezra Pound, Jacob Epstein, Roger Fry, Wyndham Lewis and others. Like many artists of his generation, his career was tragically cut short by the war. Having volunteered for the French army in the summer of 1914, he was killed in action the following year, at the age of just twenty-three.

Gaudier’s marble “Dog” dates to mid-1914 and was one of his last works. Gaudier compresses the mass of the animal into two main areas of form, the head and the body, in a manner which relates closely to his other works. After the original was damaged in 1961, Jim Ede commissioned twelve bronze casts from the Fiorini & Carney Foundry in London.

“It might be thought simple to make a sculpture like “Dog” by H. Gaudier-Brzeska, but so far as I know no one had done so in the whole world of sculpture, nor is it like any other sculptor’s work. It is essentially sculpture and at the same time is deeply realistic. I have known a child take it to bed instead of his “Teddy Bear’. (Jim Ede 1984 A Way of Life).

“Dog” is made of British Gypsum Plaster and painted brown.

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Dimensions: (L)190 x (H)90 x (W)55 mm

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Duck - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Duck - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

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“Duck” (1914) is an example of the small-scale informal carvings that Gaudier made when he was short of materials. Financial circumstances would often leave him without stone to carve. Then he would rely on off-cuts from Aristide Fabrucci (the Italian sculptor who had a studio next to his on the Fulham Road), or on gifts, or on theft from local mason’s yards. The small scale and simple rendition of the Duck’s body suggest that it may have been fashioned from such an off-cut.

Gaudier’s practice of making hand-held sculptures for his friends may have resulted from these restrictions. Duck displays Gaudier’s affection for animals, but like similar pieces by the sculptor its shape and angularity suggest that it might have been conceived almost as a “pocket weapon”. The body of the bird is geometrically simplified, with a triangle emphasising the shape of the tail and an incised circle describing the eye.

Jim Ede acquired the original green marble Duck in 1927. In the mid-1960s he commissioned twelve bronze casts from the Fiorini & Carney Foundry in London. Only one of them remains at Kettle’s Yard; it has been used by Alistair Burgass to make new moulds for the production of these crystacal casts.

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Actual size replica

Dimensions: 120mm x 65mm x 40mm

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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Ben Nicholson ‘Snowscape’

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Ben Nicholson ‘Snowscape’

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring Ben Nicholson ‘Snowscape’, 1925

In the early 1920s Ben Nicholson and his wife Winifred spent the best part of three winters painting in the Swiss Alps. The practice of working in snowy landscapes especially sharpened Nicholson’s ability to modulate whites and light. By 1925, when he painted Snowscape, he had clearly developed a talent to evoke snowy weather, here through the subtle use of pallid greys, blues and browns. This work was almost certainly painted at the Nicholsons’ Cumbrian farmhouse, Banks Head, which Ben and Winifred bought in 1924. In a letter to Jim Ede Nicholson described the impact of snow there: ‘we have three inches of snow outside & have had a series of amazing storms – huge waves of sleet travelling horizontally & going through & up & round & over everything. I want to do a painting with snow snowing slowly … I hope it’ll look like this view from my studio.’

Card dimensions: 21 x 15cm
Message inside: Season’s Greetings
Includes envelopes

 

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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Bryan Pearce ‘King’s College Chapel’

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Bryan Pearce ‘King’s College Chapel’

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring Bryan Pearce ‘King’s College Chapel’, 1966

“If anyone is in need of peace, trust and joy, they will find it in the work of Bryan Pearce. He gives with his whole being, totally free of sophistication and totally altruistic; he paints as he breathes. These stones, this road, church, a thousand visual things, are the deep unconscious quality of his interior life and his immediate contact with his close friend God.” Jim Ede, 1976

Card dimensions: 210 x 108mm
Message inside: Season’s Greetings
Includes envelopes

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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Christopher Wood ‘Paris Snow Scene’

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Christopher Wood ‘Paris Snow Scene’

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring Christopher Wood ‘Paris Snow Scene’, 1926

Card dimensions: 15 x 15 cm
Message inside: Blank
Includes envelopes

 

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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – David Jones ‘Flora in Calix Light’

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – David Jones ‘Flora in Calix Light’

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring David Jones ‘Flora in Calix Light’ (detail), 1950

Card dimensions: 13 x 13cm
Message inside: Season’s Greetings
Includes envelopes

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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – David Jones ‘Nativity with Beasts & Shepherds’

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – David Jones ‘Nativity with Beasts & Shepherds’

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring David Jones ‘Nativity with Beasts & Shepherds’, 1927

Card dimensions: 12 x 17cm
Message inside: Season’s Greetings
Includes envelopes

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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Embroidered Trouser Leg, Kurdistan

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Embroidered Trouser Leg, Kurdistan

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring Embroidered Trouser Leg, Kurdistan

The trousers were a present to Jim Ede just as he was about to leave Kettle’s Yard in 1973. They were given by Jan Ellison, who ran the Cross Keys Pottery with his wife Zoe in Cambridge. Ellison had worked as an intelligence agent in the Middle East during World War II, and retrained in ceramic studies at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London.

Card dimensions: 147 x 209 mm
Message inside: Season’s Greetings
Includes envelopes

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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Henri Gaudier-Brzeska ‘Stag’

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Henri Gaudier-Brzeska ‘Stag’

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring Henri Gaudier-Brzeska ‘Stag’, 1913

Henri Gaudier was born in St. Jean de Braye, near Orleans, in France. He first came to Britain in 1908. He met Sophie Brzeska while working as a student in the evenings at Ste. Genevieve Library in Paris in 1910. In the same year he left France under a cloud of social hostility and settled in England adding the name Brzeska to his own soon after. He worked in isolation until he met Middleton Murray in 1912, whereafter he built up a circle of artists and intellectuals which included Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis and T. E. Hulme. He became involved in Pound's and Lewis' Vorticist group, contributing to the two issues of their magazine Blast. Gaudier was killed in action during the First World War in Belgium.

This drawing was almost certainly made during a trip to Arundel, West Sussex, in September 1913. Gaudier had met Ezra Pound in London two months earlier. The efficiency and speed with which the stag is outlined suggest that at this time Gaudier was already responding to Pound’s interest in Oriental calligraphy. The use of essential and quickly drawn lines and Chinese inks remained cornerstones of Gaudier’s art for the remainder of his career.

Card dimensions: 150 x 108 mm
Message inside: Season’s Greetings
Includes envelopes

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Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Winifred Nicholson ‘Cyclamen and Primula’

Pack of 5 Christmas Cards – Winifred Nicholson ‘Cyclamen and Primula’

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Pack of 5 Christmas cards featuring Winifred Nicholson ‘Cyclamen and Primula’, 1923

Cyclamen and Primula was painted by Winifred Nicholson in Switzerland and is one of the most important in a group of works made in the early 1920s. The series explores the theme of flowers wrapped in paper on a window-ledge and seen against the Alpine landscape. Nicholson wrote about it: “Ben [Nicholson] had given me a pot of lilies of the valley – mughetti – in a tissue paper wrapper – this I stood on the window sill – behind was the azure blue, Mountain, Lake, Sky, all there – and the tissue paper wrapper held the secret of the universe. That picture painted itself, and after that the same theme painted itself on that window sill, in cyclamen, primula or cineraria – sunlight on leaves, and sunlight shining transparent through lens and through the mystery of tissue paper … I have often wished for another painting spell like that, but never had one.”

Card dimensions: 15 x 15 cm
Message inside: Season’s Greetings
Includes envelopes

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Toy - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

Toy - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska

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Toy – otherwise known as Torpedo Fish or Ornament – was commissioned from Henri Gaudier-Brzeska in 1914 by the writer T.E. Hulme, who paid £2 for it. It was one of a number of hand-held pieces made by Gaudier for friends and members of the Vorticist group. These small sculptures were designed to be held, handled, played with and worn. Fellow sculptor Jacob Epstein recalled that Gaudier thought them “great fun to do” and that Hulme would carry Toy “about him in his pocket, and would handle it while talking.”

Normally described as carved in brass, it is more likely that it was carved in plaster or some other material and then cast, and finished by hand; indeed Gaudier’s ‘List of Works’ includes mention of a plaster model of the same dimensions. The original is in the Art Gallery of Ontario. The sculptor Michael Gillespie made a posthumous edition of nine bronze casts and it is from one of these that he has made new moulds and supervised the production of these crystacal casts.

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Dimensions: 160 x 40 x 30 mm

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