Moore's daughter loses pounds 200m sculptures claim

HENRY MOORE'S daughter was left facing six-figure court costs yesterday after failing in an attempt to claim pounds 200m of her father's sculptures and drawings from the trust he set up in the final years of his life.

Solicitors acting for Mary Danowski (nee Moore) and her three children said they were considering appealing against the ruling by Mr Justice Evans-Lombe in the High Court at the end of a six-week hearing. Mrs Danowski was on holiday with her family in South Africa.

The Henry Moore Foundation, a charitable trust, was set up by the sculptor in 1977 to avoid tax on works sold and to keep his works intact.

He died in 1986, aged 88. The foundation was given his personal collection, and for the final 10 years of his life paid Moore pounds 45,000-a-year salary. In return his works during that time became the property of the trust, which sold them. Up to 1977 he had been self-employed, and paid income tax on all his sales.

Mrs Danowski, who was suing as one of the trustees of her parents' wills, wanted a ruling that unsold sculptures and other works by her father in the last 10 years of his life remained his personal property and should therefore have passed to her.

The most important works in dispute were the 'artist's copies' of Moore's limited edition sculptures. By convention, any artist is allowed to make an extra two copies of a work, to keep or sell. Moore used to give these to his family, but after 1977 gave the artist's copies to the foundation.

The judge held that the 1977 agreement was unambiguous and plainly said the ownership of work executed under its terms was vested in the company. On the same basis, artist's copies made after 1977, created out of materials provided by the company and using its facilities, also belonged to the company.

The foundation owns 700 Henry Moore sculptures, including large monuments, working models and maquettes. If it had lost the case, half of these would have passed out of its control, including 30 of the largest 50 sculptures.

The foundation has suffered an increasingly acrimonious relationship with Mrs Danowski, who ceased being a trustee in 1980.

The difference of opinion came to a head last year over plans by the foundation to build new tourist facilities at Moore's former home in Perry Green, Hertfordshire, such as coach parks and a viewing tower, and demolish a barn which Moore used as a studio.

According to his daughter, the proposals, which were rejected by the Department of the Environment, contravened the spirit of her father's legacy.

Suggested Topics
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Life and Style
Steve Shaw shows Kate how to get wet behind the ears and how to align her neck
healthSteven Shaw - the 'Buddha of Breaststroke' - applies Alexander Technique to the watery sport
News
A poster by Durham Constabulary
news
Sport
Cameron Jerome
footballCanaries beat Boro to gain promotion to the Premier League
Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010
music
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine