Property from a Private Collection, Connecticut
(1840 - 1917)
BALZAC, BUSTE DE L'ÉTUDE DE NU C
Inscribed A. Rodin and with the foundry mark Alexis. Rudier Fondeur. Paris; stamped with the raised signature A. Rodin (on the interior)
Height (not including base): 12 in. (30.3 cm)
Conceived in 1892 and in this bust format in 1918; the present work cast between 1918 and 1927.
This work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Critique de l'oeuvre sculpté d'Auguste Rodin being currently prepared by Galerie Brame & Lorenceau under the direction of Jérôme Le Blay under the archive number 2005-743B.
In very good condition. Dark brown and black patina. Visible casting seams, especially in figure's forehead and sleeves inherent to medium. Various nicks and scratches inherent with age. Few tiny patina losses along edge of form.
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Galerie Haussmann, Paris
Mycalex Corporation of America Collection, New York (acquired circa the 1950s)
Jerome Taishoff, New York (President of the above)
Bertrand Maurice Newhouse (acquired from the estate of the above circa 1965)
Harriet Griffin Fine Art, New York
Forum Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above in 2006
Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, The Bronzes of Rodin, Catalogue of Works in the Musée Rodin, vol. I, Paris, 2007, no. S.1079, illustrations of other casts pp. 168-69