• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 12071

    Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale

    13 May 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1303

    Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967)

    Le porteur de présents ou Le Messager ou Le Navigateur

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Ossip Zadkine (1890-1967)
    Le porteur de présents ou Le Messager ou Le Navigateur
    signed, dated and numbered 'O. ZADKINE 1937 7/8' (on the right side of the base); inscribed with foundry mark 'SUSSE FRÈRES PARIS' (on the back of the base)
    bronze with brown and green patina
    Height: 130½ in. (331.5 cm.)
    Conceived in 1937


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    The present monumental sculpture was originally commissioned by Charles & Fils, Le Havre, importers of exotic woods, to decorate their pavilion of Exotic Colonial Woods at the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris. The pavilion (fig. 1) was located on the Quai d'Orsay, near the Pont des Invalides. In the official guide to this exhibition, the carved wooden version was described as "The French genius sending ships in search of rare essences in overseas countries."
    In 1985, Charles & Fils granted the city of Paris the right to cast eight examples of the work in bronze. The first cast is in the collection of the Zadkine Museum in Paris and was installed in February 1993 on the place de Finlande in the VIIe arrondissement, at the outlet of the Pont des Invalides, close to its original location.

    (fig. 1) Photograph of the carved wooden version of Le Messager installed at the pavilion of the Exotic Colonial Woods at the L'Exposition Internationale in 1937.
    (fig. 2) The artist in his studio, circa 1931-1932.

    Provenance

    Galerie H. Odermatt-Ph. Cazeau, Paris.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, May 1991.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this work is inscribed with foundry mark 'SUSSE FRÈRES PARIS' (on the back of the base).


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private Japanese Collection


    Literature

    S. Lecombre, Ossip Zadkine, L'oeuvre sculpté, Paris, 1994, p. 331, no. 296b (carved wooden version illustrated).