Lot 1009After Paul Gauguin
Idole a la Perle
Stamped with the foundry mark Valsuani Cire Perdu and numbered 4/6 at bottom
Bronze with brown and gold patina
Height 9 1/4 inches (23.5 cm)
Mrs. and Mrs. Irving Moskovitz, New York
Arsene Alexandre, Paul Gauguin: Sa vie et le sens de son oeuvre, Paris, 1930, illus. of the wood version, p. 270
Christopher Gray, Sculpture and Ceramics of Paul Gauguin, Baltimore, 1963, no. 94, illus. of the wood version pp. 97 & 217-18
Carved in tamanu wood circa 1890; it was cast by Valsuani foundry in 1959 in an edition of 6 authorized by Mme. Agnès Huc de Montfreid, the representative of the Gauguin Estate at that time. This seated figure also appears in the woodcut Te Atua.
Discoloration of the patina in a small spot at bottom from the glue from an old label once adhered to the surface.
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