Lymington dealer Wick Antiques to sell ultra-rare bronze Queen Mother sculpture
A LYMINGTON antiques dealer is selling an extremely rare bronze sculpture of the Queen Mother’s head with a £35,000 price tag.
The sculpture was created following the Queen Mother’s final sitting and completed after her death 20 years ago. It is currently up for sale at Lymington-based Wick Antiques.
It has been put up for sale to mark the 20th anniversary of her death on 30th March.
It is one of only three versions of the life-size bronze, which was commissioned by St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where the Queen Mother was president from 1930 until her death.
Mr Wallrock said: “It has been 20 years since the Queen Mother passed away and she never got to see the finished sculpture.
“I think she’d have been delighted as it really is exceptional with the smile and eyes giving away her personality.
“The skin, too, is superb with the paper-like texture captured in the bronze.
“To have this to sell is a great privilege and there are collectors and institutions that would love to own it.”
The second is owned by the Goring Hotel where the Queen Mother enjoyed taking tea – so the current sculpture is the only one to become publicly available.
It depicts the Queen Mother in a hat and wearing a palm leaf brooch that was made for her by Cartier in 1938.
Created by Vivien Mallock, an associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, the bronze depicts the centenarian with her well-known kindly smile.
Ms Mallock, who lives in Thruxton in north Hampshire, said: “I completed it just a day or two after she died. I had two sittings with her at Clarence House and she was wonderful and very, very friendly.
“The sittings involved a lot of measuring and she couldn’t have been more helpful.
“At one point she asked if I had a portfolio I could show her and she told me to sit down and put my arm around her as we went through it because she was a little blind.
“She was very unspoiled and was the great matriarch of the family who really did prize service.”
Ms Mallock’s other work includes a memorial to the Royal Tank Regiment at Whitehall Court which was unveiled by the Queen in 2000, a bronze of the Queen displayed at Winchester’s Great Hall, and a bust of Sir Winston Churchill which is displayed in the Pentagon after being gifted to the US Defence Department by the British government.
The Queen Mother died on 30th March 2002 at the age of 101, seven weeks after the death of her younger daughter Margaret.