Art Term

Maquette

A maquette is model for a larger piece of sculpture, created in order to visualise how it might look and to work out approaches and materials for how it might be made

Dame Barbara Hepworth, ‘Maquette, Three Forms in Echelon’ 1961
Dame Barbara Hepworth
Maquette, Three Forms in Echelon 1961
Tate
© Bowness
Henry Moore OM, CH, ‘Maquette for Fallen Warrior’ 1956, cast 1956–7
Henry Moore OM, CH
Maquette for Fallen Warrior 1956, cast 1956–7
Tate
© The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved
Reg Butler, ‘Final Maquette for ‘The Unknown Political Prisoner’’ 1951–2
Reg Butler
Final Maquette for ‘The Unknown Political Prisoner’ 1951–2
Lent by the Estate of Reg Butler 1986
© The estate of Reg Butler

Maquettes are often fascinating works in their own right, conveying the immediacy of the artist’s first realisation of an idea.