Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers Studio Ceramics & Modern Design - Friday 15th March 2019
JOHN STORRS (1885-1956); a stoneware sculpture of a reclining female nude, impressed name, length 44cm,
and a smaller similar sculpture (2) (af). Storrs was an American modernist sculptor best known for his later art deco works but also for his representational sculptures like these which owned much to his time studying in Paris with Rodin. Provenance: Descended to Monique Storrs Booz, the artist's granddaughter, the sculptures were in storage with the family in Winnetka, Illinois. In 1959, they were deliberately broken by the artist's son-in-law (Michelle's father) and buried, along with other works by Storrs, in the family garden. In 1985, the collection of broken fragments was recovered following excavation. These two sculptures were gifted by Michelle to the vendor in gratitude for helping on the dig. They have now been restored.