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LOT # 160 INFORMATION   Print Friendly Print Friendly
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Price Realized: 260,000.00

Lot#: 160
Description: Auguste Rodin Le Desespoir bronze.
Rodin, Auguste (French, 1840-1917). Lifetime casting circa 1905. Le Desespoir, “Despair”. Green patina bronze and carved marble. A woman sitting with legs bent, holding one foot with her head resting on her arms. Signed ‘A. Rodin’ on the top of base; with raised ‘A. Rodin’ on the underside of bronze portion (see photo). Height 13¾”(35 cm), base 8”(21 cm.) x 8½”(22 cm.)

This work will be included in the forthcoming Auguste Rodin catalogue critique de l’oeuvre sculpté currently being prepared by the Comite Rodin at Galerie Brame et Lorenceau under the direction of Jerome Le Blay.

A similar sculpture can be seen at the Musee Rodin in Paris, catalog number S.1129 and referenced in A. Le Normand-Romain, The Bronzes of Rodin, Catalogue Works in the Musee Rodin, Paris, 2007, vol. I.
Provenance: Provenance: While the initial purchase unknown, ownership can be tracked as follows:George Henry Howard (1885 - 1960). Bequeathed to daughter Elizabeth Howard Mathiasen (1927-2007)Currently owned by her husband Karl Mathiasen, Arlington, VA.

George Henry Howard has numerous historical references the most important being he served as president of United Corp (a utility conglomerate founded in 1929 by John Pierpont Morgan (J.P. Morgan) from 1929 to 1943. He lived in New York City and would have most certainly been considering one of the wealthiest Americans throughout the Great Depression and into WW2.

Group - Category: Art - Sculpture, European
Estimate: 60,000.00 - 80,000.00
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AUCTION INFORMATION: 
Name Fine & DecArts Catalog Auction May 17, 2014
Date(s) Saturday, May 17, 2014
Preview: Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:00am - 2:00pm
Monday, May 12, 2014 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 10:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:00am -7:00pm
Thursday, May, 2014 10:00am-5pm
Friday, May, 2014 10:00am -5:00pm
Saturday, May, 2014 9:00am - 11:00am
Auction: May 17, 2014 at 11:00am - 6:00pm
Checkout: May 17, 2014, following the auction.
Location 360 S. Washington St.
Falls Church, VA
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