Sir Anthony Caro, O.M, R.A. - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session New York Thursday, November 18, 2021 | Phillips
  • "Steel is such a nice material to use … It can move. It’s terribly easy, you just stick it or you cut it off, and bang! you’re there: it’s so direct. I think Manet was very direct, he didn’t prepare his canvases like Courbet, he just put paint straight on and it’s very like that with steel."
    —Anthony Caro

    Please note that this Lot is being offered for sale in situ.  Any prospective bidders interested in viewing the Lot prior to bidding should contact Ariel Fishman at to schedule a visit to the Lot, which is located in Colorado.
    The successful bidder for this Lot will be responsible for all costs associated with removing the Lot from its current location and transporting it to their custody, and the bidder must use the rigging company identified by the Lot’s seller.  Phillips can provide prospective bidders with a quotation for the cost of removing and shipping the Lot, but the cost of shipping will depend on the Lot’s ultimate destination.  The successful bidder must also provide insurance coverage for the Lot from the time the riggers begin removal of the Lot until the Lot is delivered to the bidder.

    • Provenance

      Portia Harcus, Boston (acquired directly from the artist)
      Private Collection (acquired from the above)
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in February 2007

    • Exhibited

      Boston, Harcus Krakow Gallery, Recent Work, October 10–November 6, 1985

    • Literature

      Dieter Blum, Anthony Caro: Catalogue Raisonné Vol. VI, Paris, 1987, no. 1770, p. 104 (illustrated)

Property from a Prominent American Collection


Sea Shanty

rusted and varnished steel
81 x 103 x 94 in. (205.7 x 261.6 x 238.8 cm)
Executed in 1984, this work is unique.

Full Cataloguing

$200,000 - 300,000 

Sold for $252,000

Contact Specialist

John McCord
Head of Day Sale, Morning Session, New York
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York Auction 18 November 2021