Lot 65: "David", bronze by Nigel Boonham,FRBS, 1981, Catalog Raisonne
November 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: "David", bronze by Nigel Boonham,FRBS, 1981, Catalog Raisonne-One of only two cast, plaster destroyed.
Condition Report: Good overall condition, signed "Nigel Boonham" and "A/C"(Artist's copy), and "1981".There are also the words "For Rollin"(Rollin Shove,the person who commissioned the work).The family had the bronze outside by the swimming pool,the patina has some "bleached" areas from exposure to sunlight and outdoor air.
Notes: We contacted the sculptor Nigel Boonham, and he graciously provided the following information from the Catalog Raisonne: "David",1982, standing half life size figure, commissioned by Rollin A. Shove, 2 casts by Burleighfield, a UK foundry, clay/plaster modelled and plaster cast in Paris, July-Sept 1981, coll. Christopher Cook, USA,(plaster destroyed). Martin Baker met Rollin in Paris in 1981, when he was working for American Express there. Martin was a school friend of the sculptor’s cousin Gerard from Preston, Lancs. Martin was the catalyst that galvanized the commissioning of the sculpture. Rollin's idea was a kind of young, modern 'David' of the Bible, something akin to Francis Derwent Wood's Machine Gun Corps Memorial at Hyde Park Corner in London, which was one of Rollin's favorite sculptures. Rollin commissioned NFB to come to Paris for three months to make the sculpture, as usual he was kindness itself although he wasn't there for the whole process (away travelling on business). It was shipped it to Rollin at Roosevelt Is. New York. Plaster destroyed except for torso (torso extant in studio).
Provenance: NYC Estate
Dimensions: Height 34 1/2"