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    Sale 7620

    20th Century Decorative Art & Design

    28 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 50

    ÉDOUARD-MARCEL SANDOZ (1881-1971)

    CHAT ASSIS CIRE PERDUE SCULPTURE, DESIGNED 1926

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    ÉDOUARD-MARCEL SANDOZ (1881-1971)
    CHAT ASSIS CIRE PERDUE SCULPTURE, DESIGNED 1926
    executed at the Valsuani foundary, patinated bronze
    16 5/8 in. (42.3 cm.) high
    impressed seal CIRE PERDUE VALSUANI and marked Ed.M.Sandoz
    This lot is sold together with a collection of correspondence between Édouard-Marcel Sandoz and Mrs Joan Wilson, including a series of holiday postcards, photographs and with the catalogue for the exhibition L'Arche de Sandoz, Paris, 1993, which features a photograph of this sculpture.


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    The sculpture was presented as a gift from Sandoz to his nurse Mrs Mary Josephine Wilson. Wilson first met Sandoz whilst working at a hospital in Lausanne where he was receiving treatment for diabetes. Once discharged from the hospital he asked Wilson to become his private nurse at his home Denantou in Lausanne.

    In the course of her work at the home Mrs Wilson became very close, not only to Édouard-Marcel, but also to his daughter Nicole. Following the death of Sandoz in 1971, the two remained in contact until Mrs Wilson's death earlier this year at the age of 85.

    In 1993 Mrs Wilson was invited to loan this sculpture for an exhibition of the sculptor's works in Paris titled L'Arche de Sandoz, organised by the Fondation Édouard et Maurice Sandoz. Whilst she decided against loaning the sculpture from her home in Scotland, a photograph of the sculpture did appear on page 63 of the exhbition catalogue.

    A series of porcelain plates titled Poissons de la Mer Rouge and a silvered bronze Escargot paper knife were also gifted to Mrs Wilson from Sandoz and will be offered in 20th Century Decorative Arts, Christie's South Kensington, 29 October 2008.

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    Provenance

    Mrs Mary Josephine Wilson, thence by descent.


    Literature

    Félix Marcilhac, Sandoz Sculpteur Figuriste et Animalier, Paris, 1993, p. 328, fig. 392 (design illustrated)
    L'Arche de Sandoz, Paris, 1993, p. 63 (this sculpture illustrated)