Lot Details

Bronze without base measures 9.5 x 6.5 x 6.5 inches (24.1 x 16.5 x 16.5 cm). Wooden base measures 2 x 6.63 x 7.5 inches (5.1 x 16.8 x 19.1 cm).

Executed in 1978, this bronze tabletop sculpture by Felipe Castañeda depicts a seated woman, her face resting against her hand in a pensive attitude. From the subject's finely modeled expression to the draping lines of her clothing, the work evinces the subtlety and grace that characterize Castañeda's best-known sculptures.

Artwork is in very good condition. Please see condition report for details about the wooden base on which the artwork sits.

Felipe Castañeda (Mexican, b. 1933) is a contemporary Mexican sculptor best known for his bronze, marble, and onyx figurations of female nudes. After attending La Esmeralda Painting and Sculpture Academy in Mexico City, Castañeda became an assistant to the acclaimed sculptor Francisco Zuñiga (Mexican, 1912-1998). Castañeda’s work has been influenced both by classical European sculpture and by pre-Columbian artifacts, with which he became familiar while working for Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology. He has exhibited internationally and has been commissioned to create public sculptures for several cities in Mexico as well as Palm Springs, CA. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA and the Museum of Art History, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He lives and works in Morelia, Mexico.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Date: Unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Location: Wooden base on which artwork sits
Notes: Chip to corner of base, as pictured
Degree: Minor
Further information unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Surface Abrasions / Scratches
Specific Areas Yes
Date: Unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Location: Wooden base on which artwork sits
Notes: Scratches and wear to base, as pictured
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Private Collection, USA
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 6.5 in. (24.13 x 16.51 x 16.51 cm.)
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