4 November 2010
Property from the Collection of Max Palevsky
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
Balzac, Masque souriant
signed and numbered 'A. Rodin No 6' (on the right side); inscribed with foundry mark '.Georges Rudier. .Fondeur.Paris.' (on the left side); inscribed and dated 'c by musée Rodin 1973' (on the lower right edge); with raised signature 'A. Rodin' (on the back)
bronze with green and black patina
Height: 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.)
Conceived in 1891; this bronze version cast in 1973
Musée Rodin, Paris.
Acquired from the above by the late owner, June 1973.
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A. Le Normand-Romain, The Bronzes of Rodin, Catalogue of Works in the Musée Rodin, Paris, 2007, vol. I, p. 165, no. S. 475 (another cast illustrated).
This work will be included in the forthcoming Auguste Rodin catalogue critique de l'oeuvre sculpté currently being prepared by the Comité Rodin at Galerie Brame et Lorenceau under the direction of Jérôme Le Blay under the archive number 2008-1997B.
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