Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
Property from a Private American Collection 
Edgar Degas (1834-1917)

Femme surprise

Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
Femme surprise
stamped with signature, numbered and stamped with foundry mark 'Degas 42/C A.A. HEBRARD CIRE PERDUE' (Lugt 658; on the top of the base)
bronze with brown patina
Height: 16 in. (40.6 cm.)
Original wax model executed circa 1896-1911; this bronze version cast at a later date in an edition numbered A to T, plus two casts reserved for the Degas heirs and the founder Hébrard marked HER.D and HER respectively
The Lefevre Gallery (Alex. Reid & Lefevre, Ltd.), London.
Anon. sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet & Co., London, 5 December 1979, lot 17.
Private collection, Paris.
Anon. sale, Sotheby's, New York, 18 May 1990, lot 330.
Acquavella Contemporary Art, Inc., New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner, October 1998.
J. Rewald, Degas, Works in Sculpture, A Complete Catalogue, New York, 1944, p. 26, no. LIV (another cast illustrated, p. 119).
J. Rewald, Degas Sculpture, The Complete Works, New York, 1956, no. LIV (another cast illustrated, pl. 64).
F. Russoli and F. Minervino, L'Opera completa di Degas, Milan, 1980, p. 144, no. S61 (another cast illustrated, p. 145).
J. Rewald, Degas's Complete Sculpture, Catalogue Raisonné, San Francisco, 1990, p. 146, no. LIV (original wax model illustrated, p. 146; another cast illustrated, p. 147).
A. Pingeot, Degas Sculptures, Paris, 1991, p. 182, no. 61 (other casts illustrated, pp. 112-113 and 182).
S. Campbell, "Degas, The Sculptures, A Catalogue Raisonné," Apollo, vol. CXLII, no. 402, August 1995, p. 31 (another cast illustrated, fig. 42).
J.S. Czestochowski and A. Pingeot, eds., Degas Sculptures, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Bronzes, Memphis, 2002, p. 203 (another cast illustrated in color, p. 202; original wax model illustrated, p. 203).
S. Campbell, R. Kendall, D.S. Barbour and S.G. Sturman, Degas in the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, 2009, vol. II, pp. 433-437, no. 87, (another cast illustrated in color, p. 435; original wax model illustrated in color, p. 433).

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