Edgar Mansfield (1907-1996) was a New Zealand-born British sculptor and bookbinder, who has been described as the "main inspiration behind modern British bookbinding".

Mansfield was born in London in 1907, but his family emigrated to New Zealand when he was young. He studied art at the King Edward Technical College in Dunedin, and then taught art for four years before returning to London in 1934 to continue his studies.

Mansfield began his career as a sculptor, but he soon turned to bookbinding. He was inspired by the work of the Arts and Crafts movement, but he developed his own unique style, which was characterized by its use of bold colors, abstract designs, and innovative materials.

Mansfield quickly established himself as one of the leading bookbinders in Britain. He bound books for many famous collectors and institutions, including the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Library more...

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A good Edgar Mansfield animism sculpture, cast bronze set in a…

Edgar Mansfield Bronze Animism Sculpture

A good Edgar Mansfield animism sculpture, cast bronze set in a composite base, unique example, purchased directly from the artist and held in the same collection for over 40 years. Sold together with correspondence from the artist, Edgar Mansfield was a…

Edgar Mansfield, Animism sculpture, cast bronze on stone plinth,…

Animism Sculpture

Edgar Mansfield, Animism sculpture, cast bronze on stone plinth, height 13 cm

Edgar Mansfield (1907-1996), Animism #2 cast bronze on stone…

"Animism #2" by Edgar Mansfield

Edgar Mansfield (1907-1996), Animism #2 cast bronze on stone plinth, limited edition 4/6 inscribed with title and edition to base 57 cm high overall, 14 cm width (of bronze)

An Edgar Mansfield bronze sculpture. Animism series, of curved…

Curved Animism

An Edgar Mansfield bronze sculpture. Animism series, of curved abstract forms raised on a square stone plinth. Overall height 38 cm

Edgar Mansfield, Animism no. 15, bronze sculpture on marble…

Animism No. 15 Bronze Sculpture

Edgar Mansfield, Animism no. 15, bronze sculpture on marble base limited edition, 6/6, etched, monogram to base and Morris Singer Founders, London stamp, 60.5 cm height

Edgar Mansfield, bronze sculpture, limited edition 6/6, etched…

Bronze Mansfield Sculpture, Limited Edition 6/6

Edgar Mansfield, bronze sculpture, limited edition 6/6, etched mark, 14 cm length

Edgar Mansfield. Animism cast bronze figure. Height 12 cm

Bronze Animism Figure - 12cm Height

Edgar Mansfield. Animism cast bronze figure. Height 12 cm

Edgar Mansfield, animism sculpture, in bronze issuing from a…

Animism Bronze Sculpture on Composite Base

Edgar Mansfield, animism sculpture, in bronze issuing from a cast composite base. Height 68 cm

Edgar Mansfield, animism sculpture, in bronze issuing from a…

Animism's Bronze Spirit

Edgar Mansfield, animism sculpture, in bronze issuing from a green marble and ebonised wood base. Height 56 cm

An Edgar Mansfield bronze 'Animism 70 Whitu Te Kau' sculpture,…

Stylised Bronze Sculpture with Marble Base

An Edgar Mansfield bronze 'Animism 70 Whitu Te Kau' sculpture, of stylised free form, the green patina with red highlights, mounted to a marble cube form base with original labelling. Height overall 26.5 cm

Edgar Mansfield, 'Animism' 4/6, abstract driftwood based…

Driftwood Animism Sculpture

Edgar Mansfield, 'Animism' 4/6, abstract driftwood based sculpture mounted on cube of Nebrasina stone, incised initials, edition to base 37.5 cm height

Edgar Mansfield, bronze Animism sculpture, the anthropomorphic…

Anthropomorphic Bird Sculpture by Edgar Mansfield

Edgar Mansfield, bronze Animism sculpture, the anthropomorphic bird form issuing from a composite block base, signed with initials. Height 54 cm