Jean Laran, La sculpture aux Salons, Art et Décoration, June 1907, p. 197, for an illustration of the present lot.
Elégance, du 20ème siècle, L'Exposition des Porcelaines de Sèvres du style Art Déco, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, 2 Octobre - 19 Décembre, 1993, plate 95, for the illustration of the porcelain reduction of the present model.
Le Sculpteur Max Blondat (1872-1925) du Modern Style à l'Art Déco, Musée Départemental de l'Oise, Beauvais, 1979, pp. 7-8
Max Blondat first studied at the École Germain Pillon in 1889 and joined the École des Beaux-Arts in 1892. A pupil of Mathurin Moreau and Charles Valton, he regularly exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français from 1890 onwards, and received an honorable mention at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900, which brought him into public view and subsequently began his considerable success. Blondat was known primarily as a decorative sculptor, of which the present lot is a wonderful example. He was one of the founders of the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs in 1906. Fontaine aux Grenouilles, also known as Fontaine Jeunesse, was first exhibited at the Salon in Paris in 1904. With great acclaim, Blondat received a Médaille de première classe. Max Blondat was made an officer of the Légion d'honneur in 1925.
Irrefutably his most celebrated piece and composed of three young children perched on a rock bemuzing by three frogs, this impressive fountain has numerous reproductions which adorn public squares and gardens in Dusseldorf, Zurich and in the Place Darcy in Dijon and Fontainebleau. Interestingly, in most of the examples, the three children are cast in bronze. Another all-marble example, made by the artist in 1913, was commissioned by Denver Mayor Robert W. Speer as part of the "City Beautiful" campaign. The fountain still stands in Denver's city park.
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