A life-size bronze sculpture made by a Hampshire artist after the Queen Mother’s last sitting has gone on sale for £35,000
A SCULPTURE made by a Hampshire artist after the Queen Mother’s last seance has gone on sale.
The bronze sculpture depicts the centenarian with her well-known smile and it was put up for sale to mark the 20th anniversary of her death.
It was created by Vivien Mallock, Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, who lives in Thruxton, and is sold by Wick Antiques of Lymington.
The life-size bronze was commissioned by St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, and three were made.
The second belongs to the Goring Hotel where the Queen Mother liked to take tea – so it is the only one accessible to the public.
It shows the Queen Mother in a hat and wearing a palm leaf brooch which was made for Queen Elizabeth by Cartier in 1938.
Vivien, who lives in Thruxton, said: ‘I finished it just a day or two after she died. I had two sessions with her at Clarence House and she was wonderful and very, very friendly.
“The commission came from St Mary’s Hospital, of which she had been president since 1930.
“The sessions involved a lot of measurement and she couldn’t have been more helpful.
“At one point she asked me if I had a portfolio I could show her and she told me to sit down and put my arm around her because she was a bit blind.
“She was very well preserved and was the great matriarch of the family who really did her service.”
Charles Wallrock of Wick Antiques said: “It’s been 20 years since the Queen Mother died and she never got to see the finished sculpture.
“I think she would have been delighted because it’s really exceptional with the smile and the eyes that betray her personality.
“The skin also looks great with the paper-like texture captured in the bronze.
“Vivien is one of our finest sculptors and her greatest work is the Royal Tank Regiment Memorial which the Queen unveiled in 2000 at Whitehall Court.
“Her large bronze of the Queen was unveiled in 2013 in the Great Hall in Winchester and her bust of Sir Winston Churchill hangs in the Pentagon as a gift from the British government to the US Department of Defence.
“Having this for sale is a great privilege and there are collectors and institutions who would love to own it.”
The sculpture has an asking price of £35,000.
The Queen Mother was Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth Dominions from 1936 to 1952 as the wife of King George VI.
She was the last Empress of India and after her husband’s death she was known as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to avoid confusion with her daughter, the current Queen.
She died on March 30, 2002, aged 101, seven weeks after the death of her youngest daughter Margaret.
The Queen Mother was hugely popular and was an active member of the Royal Family until shortly before her death.