At the time of Poletti and Richarme's catalogue raisonné the authors only knew of one example of the Trois femmes assises – the version in the musée de Brou in Bourg-en-Bresse. However, they noted that the model was offered in Barye's catalogues of 1857-8 as no. 12 and of 1862 as no. 14. The model was not offered at the vente Barye in 1876 and no posthumous casts were made. The model is certainly rare, with only two or three versions appearing at auction in these rooms. The last single group to appear at auction sold in these rooms on 8th July 2005 for £48,000.
C. Saunier, Masters of Modern Art: Louis Barye, London, 1926, p. 33; M. Poletti and A. Richarme, Barye: Catalogue raisonné des sculptures, Paris, 2000, pp. 101-2, no. F27; R. Johnston and S. Kelly, Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye, exh. cat., The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 2006, p. 133, nos. 39a & 39b
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