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    Sale 11794

    Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale

    23 June 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 287

    Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)

    L'un des Bourgeois de Calais: Jean d'Aire, vêtu, réduction

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    Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
    L'un des Bourgeois de Calais: Jean d'Aire, vêtu, réduction
    signed 'A. Rodin' (on the front of the base); inscribed with foundry mark 'ALEXIS RUDIER FONDEUR. PARIS' (on the back of the base); with raised signature 'A. Rodin' (inside)
    bronze with dark brown patina with green undertones
    Height: 18 3/8 in. (46.8 cm.)
    Conceived between 1887 and 1895; this model reduced in 1895 and cast between 1910 and 1917

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    This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue critique de l'oeuvre sculpté d'Auguste Rodin currently being prepared by the Comité Auguste Rodin at Galerie Brame et Lorenceau under the direction of Jérôme Le Blay under the archive number 2008-2257B.

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    J. Lionberger Davis (1878-1973), St Louis, MI.
    J. Lionberger Davis Art Trust, St Louis.
    St Louis Art Museum, a gift from the above on 5 November 1953; sale, Christie's, New York, 12 February 1987, lot 4.
    Acquired at the above sale by the late owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    G. Grappe, Catalogue du Musée Rodin, Paris, 1927, no. 114, p. 52 (another cast illustrated p. 53; titled ‘Bourgeois à la clé’).
    A.T. Spear, Rodin Sculpture in the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, 1967, no. VIII, p. 95 (another cast illustrated pl. 61).
    I. Jianou & C. Goldscheider, Rodin, Paris, 1967, p. 98 (the monumental bronze version illustrated pls. 39 & 41).
    A.T. Spear, Rodin Sculpture in the Cleveland Museum of Art, a Supplement, Cleveland, 1974, p. 128 (illustrated).
    J.L. Tancock, The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin, Philadelphia, 1976, no. 67-69-13, p. 399 (another cast illustrated p. 390).
    C. Judrin, M. Laurent & D. Viéville, exh. cat., Auguste Rodin: Le monument des Bourgeois de Calais (1884-1895), Paris & Calais, 1977, no. 88, p. 224 (another cast illustrated).
    A. Le Normand-Romain, The Bronzes of Rodin, Catalogue of the Works in the Musée Rodin, vol. I, Paris, 2007, no. S. 757, p. 220 (another cast illustrated).


    St Louis, St Louis Museum of Art, January 1952 - November 1953, on loan.
    St Louis, The Bank of St Louis, January - February 1955.