Allen JonesChair 1969

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Artist
Allen Jones (born 1937)
Title
Chair
Date 1969
MediumAcrylic paint on glass fibre and resin with Perspex and leather
Dimensionsobject: 775 x 571 x 991 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1981
Reference
T03244
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T03244 CHAIR 1969

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Acrylic on glass fibre and resin with perspex and leather, 30 1/2 × 22 15/16 × 39 (77.5 × 56 × 99)
Purchased from the Waddington Galleries (Grant-in-Aid) 1981
Prov: Sold anonymously Sotheby's 4 December 1980, lot 394 repr.in colour; bt. Waddington Galleries
Exh: Allen Jones, Galleria Milano, Milan, June 1970 (works not listed, repr.); Kitsch, Galleria Blu, Milan, June 1971; Galleria Narciso, Turin, February 1971
Lit: Marco Livingstone, catalogue of the 1979 Allen Jones retrospective exhibition, n.p.; Marco Livingstone, Allen Jones: Sheer Magic, 1979, pp.71–2

In 1969 three female figures by Allen Jones each slightly larger than life size, ‘Hatstand’, ‘Table’ and ‘Chair’, were cast in fibreglass in editions of 6 by Gems Wax Models Ltd of Notting Hill, London, a firm of commercial sculptors who made (and make) shop window mannequins and sculptures for waxworks. Stylistically the figures are similar to those in Jones's paintings of c.1967–8. For the figures Jones made working drawings from memory, not in front of a model. From these drawings a professional sculptor, Dick Beech of Gems Wax Models, produced clay figures under Jones's direction; these clay figures were modified in accordance with his intentions… (read more)

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