"Kneeling woman combing her hair," 1906.
Bronze with brown patina
Stamp of foundryman C. Valsuani "lost wax
Original unnumbered copy published in 1968 in ten copies numbered from 1 to 10, one unnumbered artist's copy and one unnumbered foundryman's copy.
H: 42.2; W: 31.8; D: 26 cm
A certificate from Mr Claude Ruiz-Picasso (Picasso Authentication) dated 23 October 2019 will be supplied to the successful tenderer.
Historical background :
This bronze was designed in 1906 in ceramics while Pablo Picasso was working with the great art dealer Ambroise Vollard. In 1910 Ambroise Vollard obtained from the artist to make a bronze edition of five signed and unnumbered copies, elaborated by the foundryman Claude Valsuani. The artist kept one copy, which can be found in the inventory of the painter's estate in 1973.
Three others are kept at the Hirshborn Museum in Washington, the Museum of Baltimore and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne.
The ceramics, for its part, was kept by Picasso, who then offered it to Raoul Pellequier, collector and brother of Max Pellequier, friend and banker of the artist.
In 1968, Raoul Pellequier, with Picasso's permission, asked the Valsuani Foundry to make ten more prints based on the ceramics, this time unsigned but numbered.
Of these ten copies we know, the 2/10 is kept at the Berggruen Museum in Berlin, the 5/10 at the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, the 6/10 at the Kunsthalle in Hamburg, the 9/10 at the Picasso Museum in Paris.
In order to limit the cost of casting, Raoul Pellequier donated a print of the casting to the foundryman as a "foundryman's piece". This copy remained in the collections of the Valsuani Foundry until its sale in 1973. Acquired from the family that took over the foundry, our bronze then entered a Parisian collection.
- A. Level, Picasso, Paris, 1928, page 58, under number 55 (another