Bonhams : Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917) Balzac, masque souriant
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917) Balzac, masque souriant

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Lot 25
Auguste Rodin
(French, 1840-1917)
Balzac, masque souriant

Sold for £ 17,500 (US$ 22,125) inc. premium
Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917)
Balzac, masque souriant
signed and numbered 'A. Rodin / No 5' (lower right), stamped and dated '© by musée Rodin 1972' (to the lower right edge), stamped 'A. Rodin' (to the interior) and stamped with the foundry mark 'Georges Rudier / Fondeur.Paris' (to the verso of the socle).
bronze with brownish-black and green patina
18.9cm ( 7 7/16in) high
Conceived in 1891, this version cast in 1972

Footnotes

  • This work will be included in the forthcoming Auguste Rodin Catalogue Critique de l'Oeuvre Sculpté currently being prepared by the Comité Auguste Rodin at Galerie Brame et Lorenceau under the direction of Jérôme Leblay, under archive number 2013-4274B.

    Provenance
    Musée Rodin, Paris.
    Private collection, Spain (acquired from the above in 1977).

    Literature
    A. Le Normand-Romain, The Bronzes of Rodin, Catalogue of Works in the Musée Rodin, Vol. I, 2007, S. 475 (another cast illustrated p. 165).
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