A bronze cast of one of Rodins most famous sculptures, LAge dairain (The Age of Bronze), sold for £260,750 at Bonhams
Impressionist and Modern Art Sale in London today (28 February). It had an estimate of £100,000-150,000.
Conceived between 1875-1877, L Age dairain caused great controversy when it was first shown. The figure was so intensely realistic that critics initially refused to believe Rodin had not simply made a cast of his model. The version of L Age dairain in the sale was cast between 1935-1945 by the Alexis Rudier Foundry in Paris and had resided in a private collection for generations.
Bonhams Global Head of Impressionist and Modern Art, India Phillips, said, This was a beautifully rendered version of a crucially important work in Rodins career the piece that brought him to public attention and secured for him the commission for La Porte dEnfer which absorbed so much of his creative energy for the rest of his life. I am not surprised it was so keenly contested.
Other highlights included:
Nature morte aux pêches by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Sold for £200,000. Estimate: £100,000-150,000.
A cast of Rodins Faunesse à genoux (Kneeling Faun) that sold for £175,000. Estimate £100,000-150,000. It is one of the early studies for a similar figure that appears in Rodins masterpiece, La Porte de lEnfer.
Les mystérieuses by Paul Delvaux. Sold for £175,000. Estimate: £120,000-180,000.