Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Burnished bronze on a carved stone plinth signed "ML."
HOA 24 3/8 in.
Estate of the Late Evangeline Brewster Johnson Merrill and by descent to the consignor
Born in Paris, Lambert was educated and served apprenticeships in London. He assisted F. Derwent Wood in completing the machine-gun corps memorial at Hyde Park Corner. Lambert went on to have a successful career as as a sculptor, exhibiting works in fine commercial galleries, Tate Gallery, and the Royal Academy. This bronze may be related to Lambert's bird series and bears similarities to "Golden Pheasant," circa 1932, which was purchased in 2001 by the Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide (The Sculpture of Maurice Lambert by Vanessa Nicholson, illustrated plate 2, catalogue number 102). Daughter of Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical founder, Robert Wood Johnson, Evangeline Brewster Johnson Merrill was a prominent supporter of the arts at a very early point in her life. In 1943, she was made a Fellow in Perpetuity of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; throughout her life she was a patron of several museums, including the Peabody Museum of Yale University. Her philosophy and passion for art is well defined in a letter to a family member dated January 20, 1970, in which she seeks support for The Norton Gallery, "Art, together with Science, constitutes the highest form of human evolution, and I think you will agree that their preservation and development become a most important civic responsibility of us all. Museums preserve the inspired art of the past and the challenging art of the present in order to stimulate and enlarge our culture pattern." Evangeline was particularly interested in promoting contemporary artists, encountering many throughout her travels and work with the United Nations. She had a particular interest in Middle Eastern and Continental artists, as illustrated in the collection offered here. She lived with her collection, sharing it with others while entertaining at her home. Numerous works from her collection, by such important artists as Klee and Kandinsky, are in the collections of MOMA and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Some minor flaking to plinth; some minor abrasions to bronze.
$1,000 - 3,000