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    Sale 1995

    Impressionist And Modern Art Day Sale

    7 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 419

    Max Ernst (1891-1976)

    Janus

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    Estimate

    Max Ernst (1891-1976)
    Janus
    signed, inscribed and stamped with foundry mark 'max ernst EPP.ESSAIS A. VALSUANI CIRE PERDUE' (on the top of the base)
    bronze with brown and green patina
    Height: 16 7/8 in. (42.9 cm.)
    Conceived in 1974; this bronze version cast circa 1974-1975


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    Dr. Jürgen Pech has confirmed the authenticity of this sculpture.

    This unnumbered cast of Janus was the first bronze made from the original plaster and differs slightly in form from all later numbered bronze casts.

    Provenance

    Charles and Primrose Gombault, Paris.
    Gift from the above to the family of the present owner, circa 1990.


    Literature

    E. Quinn, Max Ernst, Cologne, 1997, p. 233 (plaster cast illustrated in color, pp. 18-23).