7 February 2001
Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
Tête de fillette (Marguerite)
inscribed with the initials and numbered 'H.M. 3' (on the back); stamped 'H. Matisse' (on the elbow) and stamped with the foundry mark 'CIRE C.VALSUANI PERDUE' (on the back)
bronze with dark brown patina
6½in. (16cm.) high, excluding base
Conceived in Collioure in 1906 and cast in 1954 in an edition of ten plus one artist's proof
Theodor Ahrenberg, Stockholm.
Anon. sale, Sotheby's London, 7 July 1960, lot 15.
M. Knoedler & Co. Inc., New York.
Galerie la Boétie, New York.
Marlborough Galleries, New York.
Anon Sale, Sotheby's, 16 November 1989, lot 346.
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A. E. Elsen, The Sculpture of Henri Matisse, New York 1971, no.s 156 and 157 (other casts illustrated p. 118).
C. Duthuit, Henri Matisse Catalogue Raisonné de l'Oeuvre Sculpté, Paris 1997, no. 24 (another cast illustrated p. 63).
Matisse usually cast his bronzes from the original plaster. However, Tête de fillette (Marguerite) is an exception because the original plaster was damaged after the first bronze cast was executed. The remainder of the edition, therefore, of which this work is no. 3, was cast from the first bronze cast.
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