Evening Sale

Live Virtual Auction, 28 May 2024

Evening Sale

Sold for

ZAR 577 625
Lot 155
  • Guy du Toit; King and Queen after Moore
  • Guy du Toit; King and Queen after Moore
  • Guy du Toit; King and Queen after Moore

Lot Estimate
ZAR 500 000 - 600 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 577 625

About this Item

South African 1958-
King and Queen after Moore

signed, dated 2019 and numbered 10/12

bronze with a dark brown patina
height: 170cm; width: 117cm; depth: 77cm


Guy du Toit’s hares have a lightness of being – they dance, they fly, they sit pondering their thoughts. They are like quick sketches in the landscape, something glimpsed out the corner of the eye, like a flash of truth.
- Wilma Cruise

Many of Guy du Toit’s playful and endearing hares are fixed in everyday poses: they recline, skip, daydream, cartwheel, lounge, drink and embrace together. While the present lot is imbued with the same sense of charm, mischief and verve, it also riffs on Henry Moore’s elegant, august and monumental bronze, King and Queen. Conceived in 1952, Moore’s sculpture showed two seated forms, each enrobed and wearing an ingenious, symbolic crown. Thinking back on these figures, Moore revealed that they had been inspired by Ancient Egyptian sculptures of male and female pairs, as well as the fairy tales he had read to his daughter, Mary.

Cast to a very similar scale as Moore’s work, du Toit reimagined the monarchs using his signature hares. The simplified forms are seated on a humble bench with their long ears overlapping. Evoking a mood of intimacy, calm and unity, the king gently holds the hand of his queen.


Everard Read, Johannesburg and Cape Town and London, Staring Straight to the Future, 3 to 23 April 2020, another cast from the edition exhibited.


Carla Crafford (2018) Hare's an Idea - Guy du Toit, Pretoria: Carla Crafford, the sculpture in progress in the studio illustrated in colour on page 63 and 71.

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