Jacques LipchitzThe Snuffer 1930, cast 1960s

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Artist
Jacques Lipchitz (1891‑1973)
Title
The Snuffer
Date 1930, cast 1960s
MediumPainted plaster
Dimensionsobject: 177 x 152 x 152 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Reference
T03506

Catalogue entry

T03506 The Snuffer 1930

Painted plaster 7 × 6 × 6 × (177 × 152 × 152)
Inscribed ‘40’ in blue paint inside the hollow cast, twice
Presented by the Lipchitz Foundation 1982
Lit: Arnason 1969, repr. 57 (bronze); Lipchitz 1972, p.119

Lipchitz implies that this was an unimportant piece:

There were other curious and sometimes funny maquettes from this period suggesting caricature heads that I entitled ‘Cinderella’, the ‘Snuffer’, and ‘Head of a Woman’ (Lipchitz, loc. cit.).

The title presumably refers to the large nose of the head. The plaster, cast in the early 1960s, is painted a dark terracotta colour.

[For T03397 and T03479 to T03534 the foundry inscriptions, and reproductions of casts in other materials in the books listed below, are recorded… (read more)

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