A Silver Bust of Winston Churchill, signed Oscar Nemon. Originally sold by Asprey’s London.
A Silver Bust of Winston Churchill, signed Oscar Nemon. Originally sold by Asprey’s London. Oscar Nemon,(13 March 1906 – 13 April 1985) Born into a close Jewish family in Osijek, Oscar escaped to England in 1938 a year before the outbreak of WW2. He is best known for his series of more than a dozen public statues of Sir Winston Churchill.
Oscar Nemon’s interaction with Winston Churchill: Churchill rarely made appointments with me, but one day he did so, and he was obviously in a tense mood. My heart sank as he entered the room and strode over to the three shrouded heads. He pointed to the nearest and roared “Show it to me.” I uncovered it— the most dramatic of the three. I could see his anger rising and I waited for the outburst. It soon came “You think I look like a crafty shifty war-monger do you? Is that what you think?” I hurriedly said that I had not intended to give that impression but had tried to bring out his determination and purpose. He gave further vent to his wrath with some explanatory remarks about his “bulldog” image, an attitude he struck for the morale of the nation, saying that he was not just a ferocious watchdog but a man compounded of many qualities including about ﬁfty percent humour. He demanded to be shown the second head. This satisﬁed him no better. He found the expression too “intimate” for his taste and said that he wanted a portrait that would convey his features but make no statement; in short, a “well-mannered and civilized portrait in the style of the Old Masters.” Fortunately, the third head was satisfactory. He conceded it to be “civilized” and that is the one I carved; it stands in Windsor Castle today. After he had stormed out, I was sitting in an armchair in a thoroughly depressed state, wondering whether the best course would be for me to destroy the three models, when the door opened and Churchill came back in. His temper had evaporated completely and he apologized at once. He was extravagant in praise of my work. “Why, man, you’re a genius!” he said He told me later that he felt it a greater honour that she [the Queen] should want to have this bust in Windsor Castle than that she should confer on him the Order of the Garter.
Height: 3 3/4”