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    Sale 2165

    Impressionist and Modern Day Sale

    7 May 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 209

    Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)

    Tête de femme au chignon, petit modèle

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    Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
    Tête de femme au chignon, petit modèle
    signed, numbered, inscribed with foundry mark and dated 'A. Rodin No 9 c by musée Rodin 1971' (on the back of the neck); inscribed with foundry mark 'Susse.Fondeur.Paris' (on the underside)
    bronze with brown patina
    Height: 2 3/8 in. (6 cm.)
    Conceived circa 1890-1900; this bronze version cast in 1971

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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 2002-43B.

    This somber, enigmatic head is related to one which appears above Le Penseur in the cornice of the tympanum of La porte de l'Enfer. "Amid those tormented heads and leering skulls, the Small Head reads as one of many moods in the spectrum of human suffering" (L. Ambrosini and M. Facos, op. cit., p. 67).


    Musée Rodin, Paris.
    B. Gerald Cantor, New York (acquired from the above, October 1971).
    Private collection (1971).
    Anon. (by descent from the above); sale, Christie's, New York, 22 February 1993, lot 22.
    Anon. sale, Doyle, New York, 22 May 2001, lot 187.
    Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 21 March 2002, lot 22.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.


    L. Ambrosini and M. Facos, Rodin, The Cantor Gift to The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, 1967, no. 12 (another cast illustrated, p. 67).
    A. Le Normand-Romain, The Bronzes of Rodin, Catalogue of Works in the Musée Rodin, Paris, 2007, vol. II, p. 673, no. S. 669 (another cast illustrated).


    London, Nevill Keating Gallery and Paris, Galerie Brame and Lorenceau, Rodin. Sculptures, drawings and photographs, June 2005-February 2006, London pp. 28-29 (illustrated); Paris no. 37 (illustrated).