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    Sale 1995

    Impressionist And Modern Art Day Sale

    7 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 330

    Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)

    La Douleur, No. 1

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    Estimate

    Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
    La Douleur, No. 1
    signed and numbered 'A. Rodin no. 7/8' (on the base); dedicated, stamped with the Coubertin foundry mark and dated 'LA PORTE DE L'ENFER 1977-1981 DON DE B GERALD CANTOR c by Musée Rodin 1983' (on the back of the base)
    bronze with dark brown and green patina
    Height: 11½ in. (29.2 cm.)
    Conceived in 1888-1889; this bronze version cast in 1983


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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 2008-1831B.

    The present lot was once owned by B. Gerald Cantor, the renowned philanthropist and collector whose donation of Rodin sculpture to Stanford University made it the second largest repository of works by the artist in the world after the Musée Rodin, Paris. Cantor gifted this La Douleur to the present owner, who was the head of the Coubertin foundry, as a token of his appreciation for their casting the La porte de l'Enfer for Stanford University.

    Provenance

    Musée Rodin, Paris.
    B. Gerald Cantor, Beverly Hills (gift from the above, 1984).
    Gift from the above to the present owner, May 1984.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the amended second line of provenance:
    B. Gerald Cantor, Beverly Hills (gift from the above, 1984).


    Literature

    G. Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1927, no. 179 (another cast illustrated).
    G. Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1929, no. 207 (another cast illustrated).
    G. Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1931, no. 251 (another cast illustrated).
    G. Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1938, no. 192 (another cast illustrated).
    G. Grappe, Le Musée Rodin, Paris, 1944, no. 223 (another cast illustrated).
    A. Le Normand-Romain, Rodin et le bronze, Catalogue des oeuvres conservées au Musée Rodin, Paris, 2007, vol. I, p. 311 (another cast illustrated).