Offered with a copy of the original purchase receipt, Maquette V: Walking Woman, was made c.1984 and measures 7in (18.5cm) high. Estimated at £10,000-15,000 at Chorley’s Modern Art & Design, Silver & Jewellery sale yesterday, it sold for a commission bid of £22,000.
“A Chadwick of this small size is quite commercial. It could go in any home,” said the auction house’s Thomas Jenner-Fust.
It was acquired by a private collector in the south of England following some interest from bidders online, over the phone and in the room.
Jenner-Fust called it “It was a really good result. We thought the estimate was pretty much bang-on but we had a few commission bids ahead of time and that always makes you cheerful”.
A work by British studio ceramicist Lucie Rie led the sale, though it fell short of expectations. A c.1980 stoneware footed bowl with an emerald green glaze and bronze manganese drip had been estimated at £30,000-50,000 but was ultimately knocked down for £28,000.