A maquette is a small model in three dimensions for either a sculptural work or an architectural project. It would be called a study if we were talking about 2-D artworks, like painting or drawings. The maquette shown here is for the British sculptor Henry Moore’s work Draped Reclining Figure, and it’s an expected top lot at Cottone Auctions’ annual Fine Arts & Antiques Auction, slated for Saturday, March 25th, online and at the firm’s gallery in Geneseo, N.Y. The piece has an estimate of $100,000-$150,000. Imagine what the actual finished product would fetch!

Henry Moore (1898-1986) was best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures, which are located around the world as public works of art. The maquette for Draped Reclining Figure is the original scale model created as part of a commission for the Time-Life building on Bond Street, London, where it is positioned on the roof terrace.  Draped Reclining Figure was the first sculpture in which Moore utilized rippled and ridged textures to denote drapery.  It is thought that his admiration for large, fleshy women originated from the paintings of Paul Cézanne.