Jacques-Chalom des Cordes and Véronique Fromanger des Cordes, Rembrandt Bugatti, catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1987, p. 130
This endearing sculptural group is numbered three of only three bronze casts known to have been executed of this rare model. Similar to the giraffe offered in the preceding lot, this work is indicative of Bugatti’s early period, when the artist was most intent on evoking the gestural spontaneity of his animalier subjects. While Bugatti was prolific in his portrayals of deer, this work is undoubtedly one of his most successful achievements of the subject. Bugatti masterfully captures the tender interaction between mother and fawn. The tension achieved in the deer’s outstretched neck and mounted legs, and the instinctually receptive posture of the fawn evokes the intimate bond between this mother and her young. Bugatti’s gestural articulation of the bronze surfaces further adds to the expressive impact of this work.
Paul Salathé (1861-1941), a notable French collector of Bugatti bronzes, is identified in the Rembrandt Bugatti Archives as the original owner of this work. The first two casts of this model are presently unknown. This rare offering represents the first time this model has ever appeared on the auction market.
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