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
Additional Notes & Condition Report
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.
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