• Impressionist/Modern Evening S auction at Christies

    Sale 7831

    Impressionist/Modern Evening Sale

    2 February 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 3

    Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)

    Baiser (deuxième réduction)

    Price Realised  


    Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
    Baiser (deuxième réduction)
    signed 'Rodin' (on the front); inscribed with the foundry mark 'F.BARBEDIENNE, Fondeur' (on the left side); inscribed 'K' (on the rim of the base)
    bronze with brown patina
    Height: 23 5/8 in. (60 cm.)
    Conceived in 1886 and reduced in 1904; this bronze version cast between 1910 and 1918 in an edition of between 65 and 69

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    This work will be included in the forthcoming Auguste Rodin catalogue critique de l'oeuvre sculpté currently being prepared by the Comité Rodin at Galerie Brame et Lorenceau under the direction of Jérôme Le Blay under the archive number 2005-600B.

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    Private collection, Bordeaux, by whom acquired circa 1930.
    Acquired from the above; sale, Sotheby's, London, 21 June 2005, lot 326.
    Robert Bowman Gallery, London, by whom acquired at the above sale.
    Private collection, London, by whom acquired from the above, and thence by descent to the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    G. Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1927, nos. 91-92 marble version illustrated p. 47).
    G. Grappe, Le Musée Rodin, Paris, 1947, p. 142 (marble version illustrated pl. 71).
    C. Goldscheider, Rodin: sa vie, son oeuvre, son héritage, Paris, 1962 (marble version illustrated).
    A.E. Elsen, Rodin, New York, 1963 (another cast illustrated p. 63).
    I. Jianou & C. Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1967, p. 100 (marble version illustrated pls. 54 and 55).
    R. Descharnes & J.F. Chabrun, Auguste Rodin, Lausanne, 1967, p. 130 (marble version illustrated p. 131).
    C. Goldscheider, Rodin Sculptures, London, 1970, no. 49 (marble version illustrated).
    J.L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphia, 1976, pp. 72, 90 and 108 (marble version illustrated p. 77).
    A. Le Normand-Romain, Le Baiser de Rodin, Paris, 1995 (another cast illustrated).
    A. Le Normand-Romain, The Bronzes of Rodin, Catalogue of Works in the Musée Rodin, vol. I, Paris, 2007 (other casts illustrated pp. 158-163, marble version illustrated p. 163).