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Lot 34

▲Richard Garbe RA: A carved white marble torso of a woman

signed Richard Garbe ARA and dated 1931
88cm high

Condition: Very lightly weathered
Estimate: £3,000 - £5,000
Hammer price: £27,000
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Richard Louis Garbe was born in Dalston, London, on 26 October 1876. His father was Gustave Garbe (1850–1919), a Prussianivory carver. Richard studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts as well as learning his father's trade. In 1892 and 1893 he was awarded prizes for his wood carvings by the Turners Company at their annual exhibition at the Mansion House.  

He taught at Central School of Arts and Crafts (1899–1929) and was also Head of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art (1926–1946). He was elected an Academician at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1929 and full Academician in 1936. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition from 1898 to 1957. In 1929 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, while in 1938 he was elected as the Master of the Art Workers' Guild.  

His work is in many major collections, including the Tate. In the 1930s he produced ceramic sculptures for Royal Doulton.  Some of his major architectural work was Medieval Age and Modern Age for National Museum Cardiff, and in London his sculptures are on Five Kings House (formerly Thames House) by Southwark Bridge.   

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