N04793 Bird 1934
Inscribed 'D. TSAPLINE' l. side
Marble, 20 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 12 (51.5 x 11.5 x 30.5)
Purchased from the artist through the Beaux Arts Gallery (Lewis Publications 'A' Fund) 1935
Exh: Sculpture by Dimitri Tsapline, Beaux Arts Gallery, London, March-April 1935 (7)
The artist's widow, Mme T. Soukhomline, writes (letter of 4 May 1969) that Tsapline made this sculpture on Majorca in the summer of 1934 in local Majorcan marble, while they were living in Puerto de Pollensa, at that time a peaceful little fishing village, far from the usual tourist route. It was there that he made his best-known series of animals and fishes.
This bird appears to be based more or less on a vulture.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.732, reproduced p.732