Lot 12
  • 12

Gaston Lachaise 1882 - 1935

200,000 - 300,000 USD
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  • Gaston Lachaise
  • The Peacocks
  • inscribed G Lachaise © 1922 with the Roman Bronze Works N-Y- foundry mark on the bronze base
  • bronze
  • 22 1/2 by 56 inches
  • (57.2 by 142.2 cm)
  • Modeled in 1918; cast in 1924.


C.W. Kraushaar Galleries, New York, 1924
William F. Laporte, Passaic, New Jersey, 1924 (acquired from the above)
Thrift Shop of the Girls Club of New York, New York, by 1959
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1959


Albert Eugene Gallatin, Gaston Lachaise, New York, 1924, pp. 13, 51, illustration of another example pl. 14
Donald Bannard Goodall, "Gaston Lachaise, Sculptor," Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University, 1969, vol. I, pp. 187, 397-400, 416n116, 158, 161; vol. II, pp. 137-38, 485-86, illustration of another example pl. LXIII
Sam Hunter and David Finn, Lachaise, New York, 1993, illustrations of another example pp. 43, 70-73
Gerald Peters Gallery, Gaston Lachaise: A Modern Epic Vision, New York, 2012, illustration of another example pl. 46

Catalogue Note

One of Gaston Lachaise's most popular works, The Peacocks not only expresses the artist’s deep love for wild creatures but also exhibits his delight in creating opulent, energized, rhythmically interrelated forms. Lachaise viewed peacocks and other animals as embodiments of fundamental force. The plaster model for The Peacocks was included in Lachaise’s first solo exhibition at New York's Bourgeois Galleries in 1918, and helped to bring him immediate fame. It was also reproduced the following year in Vanity Fair.

Lachaise registered the copyright for the composition in June 1922, and a total of fourteen bronze casts of the work (of a projected edition of twenty) were made according to his specifications at the Roman Bronze Works between that date and 1929 for John Kraushaar, the director of the C. W. Kraushaar Galleries in New York City, to whom Lachaise sold the entire edition. Six of the casts are now included in significant public collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The present bronze, the sixth in the edition, was cast in April 1924 and was purchased five months later by William F. Laporte (1874-1958); it was the first of several sculptures by Lachaise acquired by this dedicated collector and his wife. The plaster model for The Peacocks is lost.