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In the spring of 1914 Gaudier-Brzeska received a commission to carve two stone vases or garden ornaments for the home of General Sir Ian and Lady Hamilton at 1 Hyde Park Gardens, London. This commission came through the Omega Workshops, the decorative arts and design firm founded by the artist and critic Roger Fry. However, by August 1914 Gaudier-Brzeska had left Britain to fight in the French army, so the stone vases were never carved. It is believed that this bronze, and its companion, were related to the Hamilton commission. This work is composed of three pairs of vestigial arm-like forms, with crude human faces inscribed into the outer planes of the arms.

August 2004