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Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935)
Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935)
Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935)
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Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935)

Woman Seated [LF 24]

Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935)
Woman Seated [LF 24]
inscribed '©/1927/G. LACHAISE' (on the reverse)
polished bronze
12 in. (30.5 cm.) high on a 3/4 in. (1.9 cm.) base
Modeled circa 1918; reworked circa 1927-28; cast in 1929.
The artist.
Duncan Spencer, New York, acquired from the above, 1929.
By descent to the present owner.
Arts Club Exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, Catalogue of an Exhibition of Original Sculpture by Gaston Lachaise, exhibition catalogue, Chicago, Illinois, 1925, n.p., no. 34, another example referenced.
Machine-Age Exposition, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1927, p. 17, no. 443, another example referenced.
Museum of Modern Art, Gaston Lachaise: Retrospective Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1935, p. 24, no. 12, another example referenced.
"The Realm of Art: Lively Midwinter Harvest; In the Spotlight of the Week," The New York Times, February 3, 1935, sec. 8, p. 9, another example illustrated.
G. Nordland, D. Goodall, Gaston Lachaise, 1882-1935: Sculpture and Drawings, Los Angeles, California, 1963, n.p., no. 24, another example illustrated.
D. Goodall, Gaston Lachaise, Sculptor, Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University, 1969, vol. I, pp. 308, 323-25, 405n. 24; vol. II, pp. 67-68, 419-20, pl. XXXI, the revised plaster model illustrated.
C.K. Carr, M.C.S. Christman, Gaston Lachaise: Portrait Sculpture, Washington, D.C., 1985, pp. 52-53, another example illustrated.
Milwaukee Art Museum, A Century of Small Scale Sculpture from the Milwaukee Art Museum, exhibition catalogue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1988, pp. 11, 29, no. 15, another example illustrated.
W.C. Agee, S.C. Faxon, Coming of Age: American Art, 1850s to 1950s, exhibition catalogue, New York, 2006, pp. 119, 122, 129, pl. 67, another example illustrated.
Style & Grace: Masterworks of America Art from the Collection of Michael A. and Marilyn L. Mennello, Orlando, Florida, 2012, pp. 106-07, another example illustrated.
M. Klein, Helena Rubinstein: Beauty is Power, New York, 2014, p. 27, another example illustrated.
A.J. Eschelbacher., ed., A New American Sculpture, 1814-1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach, exhibition catalogue, Portland, Maine, 2017, pp. 20, 31, 71, 109, 173, pl. 28, another example illustrated.

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Lot Essay

We are grateful to Virginia Budny, author of the forthcoming catalogue raisonné sponsored by the Lachaise Foundation, for her assistance in preparing the catalogue entry for this work.

An extraordinary example of early twentieth-century American Modernist portraiture, Gaston Lachaise’s statuette of Isabel Dutaud Lachaise (1872-1957), his muse and recent bride, conveys his delight in her commanding presence and stylish appearance. Four bronze casts are known to have been made during Lachaise’s lifetime, all produced by the Roman Bronze Works, New York. The selectively nickel-plated, lost-wax cast made in May 1925 now belongs to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas. Another, made by early 1927, has been in a private collection since 1974. After those two casts were made, Lachaise revised the head of the plaster model used in the casting process, and that new version was used for making the subsequent casts. The present lost-wax cast was made in 1929 for Duncan Spencer (1897-1979). The fourth, a polished sand cast, was made in 1931.

Since 1964, seven numbered Estate casts of a projected edition of nine have been issued by the Lachaise Foundation. These include the examples owned by The Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando, Florida (1/9); the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (4/9); the Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts (5/9); and the Lachaise Foundation, New York (7/9). The artist's revised plaster model is owned by the Lachaise Foundation.

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