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Rembrandt Bugatti (Milan, 1884 - Paris 1916), Petites antilopes, 1911

Bronze à patine noire. Signé R. Bugatti. Cachet de fonderie A.-A. Hébrard, Cire Perdue. Tirage limité. H. 24 cm, L. 33 cm

Littérature : Jacques-Chalom des Cordes et Véronique Fromanger, Rembrandt Bugatti, catalogue raisonné, les Editions de l'Amateur, Paris, 1987, p.268.
Edward Horswell, Rembrandt Bugatti, Life in Sculpture, Sladmore Gallery Editions, Londres 2004, illustré p.157.

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Rembrandt Bugatti (Milan, 1884 - Paris 1916), Deux loups d'Egypte, 1904

Bronze à patine noire. Signé R. Bugatti. Cachet de fonderie A.-A. Hébrard, Cire Perdue ; Tirage limité à 5 épreuves - une seule répertoriée.
H. 24 cm, L. 36 cm, P. 19 cm

Expositions importantes : 1907, Salon de Printemps, La Libre Esthétique , Bruxelles.
1908, Société Royale de Zoologie, Anvers
1973, Salon d'Automne, Paris.

Littérature : Jacques-Chalom des Cordes et Véronique Fromanger , Rembrandt Bugatti, catalogue raisonné, les Editions de l'Amateur, Paris, 1987, p.84.

…"Rembrandt Bugatti, sculpteur animalier de génie, compte parmi les grands maîtres qui ont marqué de leur empreinte le passage du XIXe au XXe siècles. En 1904, il fait la connaissance à Paris du fondeur Adrien Hébrard qui possède également une galerie rue Royale, passe avec Bugatti un contrat d'exclusivité pour l'édition de ses sculptures.
Bugatti se passionne pour les animaux qu'il étudie au Jardin des Plantes ou à Anvers dans son célèbre zoo"…
Extrait de Pierre Kjellberg, "Les Bronzes du XIXe siècle, dictionnaire des Sculpteurs", éditions de l'Amateur.

Vente du Samedi 8 août 2009. Tableaux, Sculptures Modernes et Contemporains. Kohn - Cannes. Pour tous renseignements, veuillez contacter la maison de ventes au +33 (0) 1 44 18 73 00

D'autres sculptures de Rambrandt Bugatti en vente dans des galeries :

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Rembrandt Bugatti, Jument et poulain, circa 1907

Bronze. h: 41 x w: 58 cm. Contact Gallery for Price Sebastian + Barquet

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Rembrandt Bugatti, Pelican à sa toilette, circa 1904

patinated bronze, h: 21.6 x w: 14.7 x d: 9.7 cm. Contact Gallery for Price Sebastian + Barquet

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Rembrandt Bugatti, Lionne dévorant, circa 1925

bronze, h: 71.1 cm. Contact Gallery for Price Sebastian + Barquet

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Rembrandt Bugatti , Deux grands Leopards, 1913-1914

Bronze, w: 110.5 cm.  Contact Gallery for Price David Benrimon Fine Art, LLC

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Rembrandt Bugatti, Seated Leopard, 1912

Bronze, h: 21.6 x w: 34.3 x d: 10.2 cm. Contact Gallery for Price The Sladmore Gallery

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Rembrandt Bugatti, Two Boars, 1905

Bronze, h: 15.2 x w: 21.6 x d: 19 cm Contact Gallery for Price The Sladmore Gallery

Et quelques résultats d'enchères :

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Rembrandt Bugatti, "Grand tigre royal"

Conceived between 1913-14 and cast between 1914 and circa 1936. Inscribed with the signature R. Bugatti, stamped with the foundry mark A.A. Hébrard Cire Perdue and numbered A5. Bronze, 74 cm. Est. ,500,000—2,000,000 USD. Sold 1,874,500 USD

PROVENANCE: Sale: Galerie Motte, Geneva, June 28, 1968

Acquired by the present owner circa 1968

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Philippe Dejean, Carlo, Rembrandt, Ettore, Jean Bugatti, Paris, 1981, illustration of another cast pp. 146-147 (titled Great Stylized Tiger)

Jacques Chalom des Cordes & Véronique Fromanger des Cordes, Rembrandt Bugatti, Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1987, illustration of another cast pp. 306-307 (titled Grand Tigre Royal)

Henry H. Hawley, Bugatti (exhibition catalogue), The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1999, illustration of another cast p. 78

Edward Horswell, Rembrandt Bugatti, Life in Sculpture, London, 2004, illustration of another cast pp. 175, 188-189 & 268

NOTE: The impressive Grand tigre royal is Bugatti's definitive sculpture, created in the last years of his life. Portraying the animal on the prowl and with his fangs exposed in mid-roar, Bugatti conveys the power of the regal beast with extraordinary accuracy. Fierceness and strength exude from this wild cat, from the curve of the tail, to the contours of the limbs. More so than any other sculpture from Bugatti's oeuvre, this work is a testament to the artist's keen powers of observation.

Bugatti was unique among modernist sculptors in focusing on depictions of wild animals. So fascinated was he by this subject that he worked primarily outdoors at the Jardin Zoologique in Antwerp after moving to the city in 1907 so that he could study the nuances of animal behavior. He rendered his figures in plastiline, a typical Italian modeling clay, using strokes of his thumbs, and working with the Hébrard foundry with the aid of chief founder Albino Palazzolo, who cast the finished works in bronze.

Sotheby's New York: Tuesday, May 5, 2009. Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale www.sotheby's.com

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Rembrandt Bugatti (1885-1916) Grand tigre royal, Conceived circa 1913 and cast in the artist's lifetime.

signed, numbered and stamped with foundry mark 'R. Bugatti CIRE PERDUE A.A. HEBRARD A3' (on the base) bronze with dark brown patina. Length: 28¼ in. (71.7 cm.) Estimate $2,000,000 - $3,000,000 - Sold  $2,617,000

Provenance: Galerie A.A. Hébrard, Paris.
Maison Jansen (acquired from the above).

Literature: P. Dejean, Carlo Rembrandt Ettore Jean Bugatti, Paris, 1981, pp. 146-147 (illustrated).
J..C. des Cordes and V.F. des Cordes, Rembrandt Bugatti: Catalgoue raisonné, Paris, 1987, pp. 306-307 (illustrated).
H.H. Hawley, Bugatti, The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1999, p. 77 (illustrated, p. 78).
E. Horswell, Rembrandt Bugatti: Life in Sculpture, London, 2004, p. 187 (illustrated pp. 175, 188-9, 268)

Notes: This work will be included in the new edition of the Rembrandt Bugatti Catalogue raisonné currently being prepared by Véronique Fromanger.

This magnificent sculpture represents the last stage in Bugatti's stylistic development and in many respects the height of his achievement as an artist. While having created some three hundred sculptures during his tragically short life, it is his depictions of big cats that are, for many, his greatest and most charismatic works. Having spent a period of ten years sculpting and studying the animals at close hand, Bugatti acquired considerable knowledge of their attitudes and behavior, and would apply this to greatest effect in his final works. Created in 1913, less than three years before his untimely death at the age of 31, the Grand tigre royal is one of his last and most compelling sculptures, embodying as it does his late and most expressionistic technique. The piece is imbued with a powerful sense of movement and dynamism; the considered and often impressionistic surfaces of many of his earlier works here giving way to rich striations and lines that crisscross irregularly, rendering simultaneously the stripes of the coat and the musculature beneath. An essay in anatomical accuracy and awareness of form, Bugatti here skillfully captures the essence and vitality of his subject, to create a sculpture that gives lasting testament to his mastery.

Christie's New York: Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Impressionist And Modern Art Evening Sale www.christies.com

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Rembrandt Bugatti (1885-1916) Babouin sacré Hamadryas, ca. 1909-1910

signed R. Bugatti, stamped CIRE/PERDUE/A.A. HEBRARD and numbered (6), patinated bronze, 43.8 x 45.1 x 17.8 cm, executed by A. A. Hébrard, Paris. Est. 500,000—800,000 USD. Sold 2,256,000 USD

Victoria Sandwick Schmitt, Four Centuries of Sporting Art: Selections from The John L. Wehle Collection, Gallery of Sporting Art, Genesee Country Museum, Mumford, NY, 1984, p. 141

PROVENANCE: Baron Philippe de Rothschild
Public auction, Paris, December 13, 1978
Galerie Alain Lesieutre, Paris
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Tanenbaum, Toronto
Acquired by Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1982

EXHIBITED: Visions from the Veld, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, June 28-December 2, 1996 and June 7-December 29, 1999

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Bugatti: Carlo, Rembrandt, Ettore: i mobili, i soprammobili, le automobile, Rome, 1976, p. 12 (for the plaster cast of the model)
Mary Harvey, The Bronzes of Rembrandt Bugatti (1885-1916): An Illustrated Catalogue and Biography, London, 1979, cover and pp. 18 and 23
Philippe Dejean, Bugatti: Carlo, Rembrandt, Ettore, Jean, New York, 1982, p. 210
Jacques-Chalom des Cordes and Véronique Fromanger des Cordes, Rembrandt Bugatti, catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1987, pp. 232-233
Hector Obalk, ed., Bugatti, les meubles, Bugatti, les sculptures, Bugatti, les autos, Paris, 1995, p. 131
Henry H. Hawley, Bugatti, Cleveland, 1999, p. 70
Edward Horswell, Rembrandt Bugatti: Life in Sculpture, London, 2004, pp. 11, 17, 208-209, 252, 255 and 265

NOTE: This sculpture is numbered six of only eleven bronze casts known to exist of this rare model. The fourth cast from this series is in the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the ninth cast is in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C. The plaster cast of the model was donated by the founder Adrien Hébrard to the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome in 1924.

Sotheby's New York: Friday, December 15, 2006. Important 20th Century Design www.sothebys.com

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Rembrandt Bugatti, "Deux Kangourous, Face à Face", ca. 1905

signed RBugatti, stamped CIRE/PERDUE/A.A. HEBRARD and numbered (3), patinated bronze, executed by A. A. Hébrard, Paris. 35.6 x 79.4 x 19.7 cm. Est. 150,000—250,000 USD. Sold 408,000 USD

PROVENANCE: Madame Aguilar
Sotheby Parke Bernet Inc., New York, May 21, 1983, lot 99
Acquired by Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1983

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Alain Lesieutre, The Spirit and Splendour of Art Deco, New York, 1974, cat. no. 61
Bugatti: Carlo, Rembrandt, Ettore: i mobili, i soprammobili, le automobile, Rome, 1976, p. 37
Mary Harvey, The Bronzes of Rembrandt Bugatti (1885-1916): An Illustrated Catalogue and Biography, London, 1979, p. 76, cat. no. 108
Philippe Dejean, Bugatti: Carlo, Rembrandt, Ettore, Jean, New York, 1982, p. 190
Jacques-Chalom des Cordes and Véronique Fromanger des Cordes, Rembrandt Bugatti, catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1987, pp. 184-185

NOTE: This sculpture is numbered three of only four bronze casts known to exist of this rare model.

Sotheby's New York: Friday, December 15, 2006. Important 20th Century Design www.sothebys.com

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Rembrandt Bugatti, "Deux Grands Léopards", ca. 1913-1914

signed R. Bugatti, stamped CIRE/PERDUE/A.A. HEBRARD and numbered (6), patinated bronze, 33.3 x 111.1 x 15.2 cm, executed by A. A. Hébrard, Paris. Est. 400,000—600,000 USD. Sold 800,000 USD

PROVENANCE: Macklowe Gallery, New York, 1979
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Tanenbaum, Toronto
Acquired by Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1982

EXHIBITED: Dan Ostermiller: Les Animalier, Fleischer Museum, Scottsdale, AZ, December 22, 1993-April 14, 1994

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Mary Harvey, The Bronzes of Rembrandt Bugatti (1885-1916): An Illustrated Catalogue and Biography, London, 1979, p. 37
Jacques-Chalom des Cordes and Véronique Fromanger des Cordes, Rembrandt Bugatti, catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1987, pp. 272-273
Edward Horswell, Rembrandt Bugatti: Life in Sculpture, London, 2004, pp. 26-27

NOTE: This sculpture is numbered six of only seven bronze casts known to exist of this rare model.

Sotheby's New York: Friday, December 15, 2006. Important 20th Century Design www.sothebys.com

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Rembrandt Bugatti, "Grand Léopard," Le Petit Modèle, ca. 1911

signed R. Bugatti, stamped CIRE/PERDUE/A.A. HEBRARD and numbered (A-7), patinated bronze, presently mounted on a lacquered wood base designed by Karl Springer, 31.1 x 52.7 x 15.9 cm, executed by A. A. Hébrard, Paris. Est. 300,000—400,000 USD. Sold 772,000 USD

PROVENANCE: Galerie Hébrard, Paris
Lillian Nassau, New York, ca. 1955

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Kineton Parkes, ''Rembrandt Bugatti: Modeller of Animals. Exhibition of Bronzes at the Abdy Galleries,'' Apollo, November 1929, p. 312 (for another example of this model exhibited at the Adby Galleries in London)
Mary Harvey, The Bronzes of Rembrandt Bugatti (1885-1916): An Illustrated Catalogue and Biography, London, 1979, p. 39
Philippe Dejean, Bugatti: Carlo, Rembrandt, Ettore, Jean, New York, 1982, p. 146
Jacques-Chalom des Cordes and Véronique Fromanger des Cordes, Rembrandt Bugatti, catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1987, p. 200
Edward Horswell, Rembrandt Bugatti: Life in Sculpture, London, 2004, p. 175

NOTE: There are twenty-one bronze casts known to exist of this iconic model. According to Bugatti's numbering system, this sculpture is the seventeenth cast.

Sotheby's New York: Friday, December 15, 2006. Important 20th Century Design www.sothebys.com

Rembrandt Bugatti (né en 1884 - 8 janvier 1916) est un artiste sculpteur animalier italien. Il est le frère cadet d'Ettore Bugatti (fondateur de Bugatti en 1908).

En 1884 il naît à Milan en Italie. Il est le plus jeune fils du décorateur et architecte Carlo Bugatti (créateur et fabricant de mobilier), le frère du constructeur automobile Ettore Bugatti et l'oncle de Jean Bugatti. Son prénom est choisi par son oncle artiste peintre Giovanni Segantini.

Enfant il est encouragé à la sculpture par Paul Troubetzkoy, un sculpteur renommé italien ami de la famille et ancien élève du sculpteur français Auguste Rodin. Il commence par travailler avec de la pâte à modeler et de l'argile.

En 1901 il réalise sa première œuvre fondue remarquable à 17 ans : « un paysan conduisant des vaches par une corde ».

En 1903 âgé de 19 ans, Rembrandt quitte la maison familiale et s'installe à Paris où il s'associe au sculpteur et fondeur d'art français Adrien Hébrard. Ce dernier possède le journal "Le Temps", une fonderi et une galerie d'art rue Royale à Paris. Rembrandt signe un contrat d'exclusivité (il touche un salaire régulier et un droit sur la vente de chaque sculpture).

Littéralement envoûté par le monde animal, le jeune maître trouve le parc zoologique du Jardin des Plantes de Paris insuffisant pour son inspiration et ses modèles. Il part s'installer à Anvers en Belgique où la direction du zoo d'Anvers se montre très accueillante à l'égard des artistes.

De 1907 et 1914 il sculpte une œuvre complète de faune animale avec immense talent.

A partir de 1911 âgé de 27 ans, il s'isole de plus en plus et sombre dans une angoisse chronique. Pendant la première guerre mondiale, il s'engage dans la croix-rouge française pour soutenir les bléssés et victimes de guerre. Mais le spectacle des morts est douloureux. Les temps sont durs. Les commandes et ventes de sculptures s'effondrent et l'argent manque. Rembrandt par fierté ne veut accepter l'aide financière de son frère Ettore. Après une trop difficile déception amoureuse, Rembrandt se suicide dans son atelier de Montparnasse le 8 janvier 1916 à l'âge de 32 ans. Affecté par la perte d'un frère estimé, Ettore coule le dernier bronze de son frère dans son atelier. En hommage il reprend l'éléphant de Rembrandt pour mascotte de radiateur pour équiper sa 'Royale'. (Wikipedia)