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Rembrandt Bugatti
BOULEDOGUE FRANÇAIS, SMALL VERSION, DESIGNED CIRCA 1905
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 55,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
28
Rembrandt Bugatti
BOULEDOGUE FRANÇAIS, SMALL VERSION, DESIGNED CIRCA 1905
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 55,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Ginette et Alain Lesieutre, Collection Privée

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Rembrandt Bugatti
BOULEDOGUE FRANÇAIS, SMALL VERSION, DESIGNED CIRCA 1905
patinated bronze
Dedicated A ma mère, son fils Rembrandt and with foundry mark Cire Perdue A.A. Hébrard on the base
14 x 13,5 x 8,5 cm ; 5 1/2 x 5 3/8 x 3 3/8 in.
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Provenance

Mrs Carlo Bugatti, given as a gift by her son Rembrandt Bugatti in March 1906
Ettore Bugatti, Molsheim
L'Ebé Bugatti, France
Drouot, Paris, May 1981, lot 114
Alain Delon, Paris
Sotheby's London, 39 sculptures by rembrandt Bugatti, The property of Alain Delon, April 4, 1990, lot 250

Exhibited

Vence, Château Notre-Dame des fleurs, Galerie Beaubourg, Bugatti, July - September 1995
Paris, Galerie Univers du Bronze, Collection Alain Lesieutre, 2001

Literature

Jacques-Chalom des Cordes and Véronique Fromanger Des Cordes, Rembrandt Bugatti, Paris, 1987, pp. 102-103
Bugatti, les meubles, Bugatti, les sculptures, Bugatti, les autos, exhibition catalogue, Galerie Beaubourg, Château Notre-Dame des fleurs, Vence, July - September 1995, illustrated p. 184
Véronique Fromanger, Une trajectoire foudroyante, Rembrandt Bugatti, sculpteur, répertoire monographique, Paris, 2016, pp. 292-293, n. 113

Catalogue Note

The offered lot is the only one dedicated to the artist's mother known to have been produced. Fifty bronze casts of this model are known to exist.
This lot is sold with a certificate from Mrs Véronique Fromanger.


REMBRANDT BUGATTI
At the start of the 20th century, some thirty years after Barye's death, the young Italian sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti first entered the Ménagerie at the Jardin des Plantes.
It was the first time that Rembrandt Bugatti had seen wild animals. For fifteen years, Bugatti lived among them in Paris and in Antwerp. Rather than seeking to classify or imagine them like his 19th century predecessors, he was there to observe them at length, one by one, studying and decoding the behaviours, signs, sounds and attitudes of each of these animals in their own sensory environment. His sculptures are a direct result of this daily contact, this dialogue, this shared communication and fusion with both wild and domesticated animals.
An article by Marcel Horteloup in the London art magazine Studio International in 1906 reported that Bugatti sought above all to be "a narrator of animal psychology".
Whenever Hébrard bought one of his plaster models, Bugatti also assigned all his artist's rights to him. The creation of L'Édition originale Rembrandt Bugatti began when they first met in 1904.
In the introduction to his exhibition catalogue, Adrien-Aurélien Hébrard spoke of his feelings: “At first I was suspicious of his grand-sounding name, redolent with too much glory and too much art, but a friend of mine insisted that I should see this young artist's work […]. Instead of a deft little Italian with a knack for imitating the great masters, I discovered a true artist. This tall, lanky, blushing, beardless and silent lad, whom the Museum regulars called "The American", wordlessly presented me with a year's worth of plasteline models.”
Over a period of thirty years, collectors Alain and Ginette Lesieutre accumulated one of the world's finest collections of the sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti's works. As an art dealer and art lover, Alain Lesieutre helped Alain Delon compile part of his Rembrandt Bugatti collection and purchased French Bulldog, small model, inscribed with "A ma mère, son fils Rembrandt" (To my mother, her son Rembrandt) in 1990 when Delon sold it in London.
The Rembrandt Bugatti collection presented for auction at Sotheby's Paris comprises twelve models created by Rembrandt Bugatti between 1905 and 1912. Over the years, Alain and Ginette Lesieutre have exhibited most of them in various prestigious locations: in 1983 in Hamburg at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe; in 1988 in Ferrara, Gallerie Civiche d’Arte Moderna, Palazzo dei Diamanti; in 1989 in Venice at the Palazzo Grassi for the exhibition "Arte Italiana Presenze 1900-1945"; in 1999 in Amsterdam at the Beurs van Berlage; and in 2014 in Berlin's Alte Nationalgalerie for the first retrospective of "Rembrandt Bugatti, Der Bildhauer, 1884-1916 ".

Véronique Fromanger

Ginette et Alain Lesieutre, Collection Privée

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Paris