01-27-2017 01-27-2017
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2977B Boston
January 27, 2017 12:00PMCalender

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917) The Juggler

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2977B Location: Boston Date / Time: January 27, 2017 4:00PM


Auguste Rodin (French, 1840-1917)

The Juggler alternatively titled The Acrobat or Fauns Playing
Signed and inscribed "A. Rodin/No 3" on the side of the supporting figure's head, stamped "Georges Rudier/Fondeur PARIS" on the underside.
Bronze (sand cast) with brown-green patina, height 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm).
Condition: Dust and dirt to interstices.

Provenance: A private New Hampshire collection, previously on loan to the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire.

Literature: Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, , Hélène Marraud, Diane Tytgat, Dominique Viéville, Jacques Vilain, Ruth Butler, and Auguste Rodin, The Bronzes of Rodin: Catalogue of Works in the Museé Rodin (Paris: Musée Rodin, 2007), pp. 475-6.

N.B. It is believed that Rodin conceived the idea for this sculpture of two acrobats between 1892 and 1895, at the time he was researching movement and different ways to present the figure. The artist may have found inspiration for the composition in the circus, in fairground stalls, and in the dance halls of Montmartre.

Rodin was known to combine fragments of works into new combinations. This pair of acrobats is made of a male nude, known from a terra-cotta sketch now at the Musée Rodin, and a small seated female figure, both of which have appeared in various other Rodin compositions.

This bronze is No. 3 of the twelve casts by Georges Rudier between 1953 and 1960. Cast No. 0 was created for the Musée Rodin in 1953. Since cast No 8 is dated to c. 1956, it would suggest that this particular cast, No. 3, was cast prior to 1956.
Estimate $25,000-35,000

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Ruth Butler, Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, Diane Tytgat, Dominique Vi�ville, Jacques Vilain, Georges Rudier, PARIS, Manchester