Unrecorded Thai Artist (18th/19th century)

Head of a Buddha Thailand, probably 18th / 19th century Bronze This sculpture was probably originally attached to a complete figure. It is in a style associated with the former capital city of Ayudhya. According to orthodox notions, any images of the Buddha bear a portion of his innate spiritual deity. Such sculptures are made … Read more

Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917)

A Horse Trotting Paris, Model: late 1880s, Cast: Hébrard foundry, Paris, 1919-21 Bronze 22.5 x 22.2 cm Degas’ interest in horses is evidenced by his numerous paintings with racecourse subjects, such as the Barber’s magnificent ‘Jockeys Before the Race’ of c.1878-79. This model may have been inspired by a photograph of ‘The Trot’ by Eadweard Muybridge … Read more

EDGAR DEGAS (1834-1917)

Grande Arabesque, Third Time Paris, Model: about 1885-90; Cast: 1919-21 Bronze 44.5 x 55.3 x 29 cm Ballet dancers are Degas’ most famous subject matter, and he was clearly fascinated by the endless variety of their poses. This engaging study of concentration is the culmination of a series of three that show one of the … Read more

German or Flemish School (18th century)

A Rhinoceros called Miss Clara (1738-1758) Bronze, Model and Cast about 1750-60 24.5 x 46.7 x 15 cm An enterprising Dutch sea captain brought a young Indian rhinoceros to the Netherlands in 1741 and then toured her extensively across Europe. As the first example to have been seen on mainland Europe since 1579, she caused a … Read more

EDGAR DEGAS (1834-1917)

Dancer ready to dance, the right foot forward Paris, Model: about 1885-90; Cast: 1919-21 Bronze 56.5 x 25.5 x 20.5 cm This figure is one of more than 30 studies Degas of ballerinas, his favourite subject matter. The pose suggests a ballerina in class or on the stage, andwas probably inspired by dancers of the Paris … Read more

Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917)

The Age of Bronze Model: Brussels, Belgium, 1877; Cast: Paris, probably before 1917  Bronze 180.5 x 68.5 x 54.5 cm In its earliest form the man held a spear in his left hand. The figure was titled The Vanquished in reference to France’s painful defeat in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1). Rodin changed the title to … Read more