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Lioness, by Sally Arnup


2nd March 2019

A powerful bronze by York sculptor Sally Arnup is on display ahead of its sale in March. 'Lioness Walking' was made in 1969, and is signed and numbered 10 from a limited edition of ten. At 46cm high, the lioness is an imposing yet graceful example of the artist's work.

Sally Arnup (1930-2015) was one of the finest figurative bronze sculptors of her age, and had a well earned reputation both nationally and internationally. Born in London, she began to train at Kingston Art college at the tender age of 13. Going on to spend a year at Camberwell College of Art, and then moving to the Royal College of Art she was taught by the likes of John Skeaping, Frank Dobson and Dr Karel Vogel. After marring fellow artist Mick Arnup in 1953, the couple settled in York, where she was to become the head of sculpture ad York College of Art.

Known for her naturalistic depictions of domestic pets and native livestock, the lioness is a rare example of the exotic in her work. She believed in studying her subject in it's natural state - in the field or garden. Indeed she wrote in a letter to the vendor of the lioness, "The sculpture was made from a Lioness at Flamingo Park Zoo near York- she was not a commission although most of my work is commissioned. I work directly from the animal either in the studio or in the field on domestic, farm or wild life subjects, for choice British animals. As a young person I had a free pass to London Zoo".

Estimate: £3,000-5,000

Display Highlights

  • The Tile Collection

    The Tile Collection

    Part of a large Private Collection of Tiles are now on display ahead of their sale in the Modern Living: Art and Design Sale on 2nd March. With colourful 1930s examples from Poole Pottery, Victorian Minton tiles, charming sets of Alice in Wonderland tiles and much more.

  • The Bilton Hall Collection

    The Bilton Hall Collection

    Part of the Contents of Bilton Hall, Bilton-in-Ainsty, as instructed by Mr and Mrs Owen James, including ceramics and paintings, to be sold in the Spring Fine Art Sale on 23rd March 2019.

  • Quilts from the Estate of Hannah Hauxwell

    Quilts from the Estate of Hannah Hauxwell

    A collection of quilts from the Estate of Hannah Hauxwell, the farmer who lived in great hardship but shot to fame in a 1972 documentary. Amongst these beautifully preserved family quilts is one made by Hannah’s grandmother, Elizabeth Bayles.

  • A Collection of Cased Fish

    A Collection of Cased Fish

    A private collection of cased fish, coming up for sale in the Natural History and Taxidermy Sale on 13th February.

  • Natural History & Taxidermy

    Natural History & Taxidermy

    A display of Victorian cased birds by the likes of James Hutchings, Thomas Jeffries, Bill Cox of Liverpool and other well-known taxidermists, up for sale on 13th February.

  • Modern & Contemporary Art

    Modern & Contemporary Art

    With works by Laura Knight, Norman Cornish and Banksy, a few highlights from the next Modern & Contemporary Art Sale on 2nd March are now on display. Included is this powerful sculpture of a lioness by York artist Sally Arnup.

  • Vintage Motorcycle

    Vintage Motorcycle

    A Vintage Sunbeam Motorcycle, part of a Private Collection to be sold in the next Motor Vehicle & Automobilia Sale in May 2019. Further motorcycles from the collection are displayed in the Auction Centre Reception.