Timothy Richards - Moss New York Monday, October 15, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    These are models of the two “Temples” designed and built by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1926, one of which was part of an overall landscape created for the garden of Tyringham Hall, Buckinghamshire, England, a building designed by Sir John Soane in 1792. Lutyens Temple was built as a folly and included in an overall landscape created for the garden of Tyringham Hall. Used as a bathing pavilion, this ‘temple’ stands in Lutyens’ formal gardens surrounding the estate.

    The Temple Bar, Fleet Street, London, commissioned by King Charles II and designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1669 and 1672, marks the westernmost extent of the city of London on the road to Westminster.

    Since 1988, model maker extraordinaire Timothy Richards has been creating precise, exceptionally beautiful British Gypsum plaster architectural models from his workshop in Bath, England, incorporating etched brass, white metal, copper, hand-made glass, and gold, where required. Educated in Bath, Richards has received commissions for his finely crafted and detailed models from members of the British Royal Family, the Royal Opera House, The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Courtauld Gallery, Harvard University, the US Department of State, the British House of Commons, and the Spanish government.


‘Lutyens Temple’ and ‘The Temple Bar’ scale models

‘Lutyens Temple’: plaster, bronze, gold leaf, metal, felt;
‘The Temple Bar’: plaster, bronze, metal.

‘Lutyens Temple’: 11 1/2 x 14 x 14 in (29.2 x 35.6 x 35.6 cm); ‘The Temple Bar’: 9 1/2 x 14 x 5 in (24.1 x 35.6 x 12.7 cm)
Handmade by Timothy Richards, UK. ‘The Temple Bar’: number 97 from the edition of 150. Underside of ‘The Temple Bar’ with adhesive label and side signed, numbered and dated by the artist ‘Tim Richards/April 2002/ 97 of 150’ (2).

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $12,500


16 October 2012
New York