Sale 13BE01 | Lot 450

Rembrandt Bugatti

Catalogue: Belle Epoque: 19th & 20th Century Decorative Arts

Lot Details

Lot 450
Rembrandt Bugatti
Italian/French, 1884-1916
Petit Elephant au Repos, 1913
Signed, numbered (9) and bearing foundry mark CIRE PERDU A. A. HEBRARD on base
Bronze with dark brown patina
Height 7 3/4 inches, width 8 1/4 inches.
Sotheby's, New York sold an identical model of the elephant numbered A5, Important 20th Century Design, June 15, 2011, lot 52

C Estate of Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Sold for $218,500 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

appears to be in generally good condition; there are a few areas on the top side of the base that have small shallow flake losses to the patina, however, in this appraiser's opinion, they are not of major consequence; there is hardly any evidence of wear to the patina, perhaps with the exception to the uppermost rim edge of the elephant's back, where there is slight wear; the underside is "rough" or exposed, i.e., there is no protective felt pad, etc.

According to the Des Cordes catalogue raisonne, the elephant was cast in an edition of 20 (which is rare for Bugatti bronzes and is probably due to its small size; most were cast in editions of under 10), all cast sometime during or after 1913. Each cast was numbered as it was finished. It is not known whether all 20 castings of this model were ever executed. Bugatti did a total of 13 different models of elephants (the other 12 are completely different) i.e., this is not a reduction of a larger bronze.

Any condition statement is given as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Doyle New York shall have no responsibility for any error or omission. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.

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Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Sold for $218,500 (includes buyer's premium)

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Belle Epoque: 19th & 20th Century Decorative Arts

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