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    The Swan At Tetsworth

    Period Homes & Interiors

    Auguste Rodin

    While Rodin’s importance as a sculptor means that his work is a feature of almost all the major museums in the world, the nature of his output, working in bronze editions as well as making multiple works in marble and plaster, has ensured that there are still significant amounts of his sculpture available to the collector. The availability of Rodin’s sculpture is essentially down to the sculptor’s desire for as many people as possible to enjoy his work. Rodin modelled all his works in plaster and then gave the plaster to a bronze foundry to make a mold of the work, to produce an edition in bronze. During Rodin’s lifetime, if you wanted to own a particular work you would approach Rodin or one of his agents and request a cast of the work. Rodin would then authorise the foundry to make a bronze from the plaster version he had given them. These are what we term ‘lifetime casts’ and simply put, a lifetime cast is a work that was produced with Rodin’s authority while he was still alive. Certain very popular works, were given with the rights to cast, to a specific foundry. The best known of these is the Barbedienne Foundry who purchased the rights from Rodin for models including The Kiss and Eternal Spring and sent Rodin a commission for each cast they made. 14 15 By ???? Rodin knew his health was starting to fade and he became very concerned that his work would stop being cast by his foundries, once he had died and his place in art history would therefore be diminished. He was also very concerned that unauthorised bronzes and copies would appear on the market without a control mechanism in place. To this end, he negotiated with the French government for his studio to become a museum and that on his death all the rights to his works would pass to that museum. Sculpture of Nijinsky that Rodin left, in plaster form, to the Museum on his death, but was only cast in bronze for the first time. Finally I must mention the fine work of Jerome Le Blay and the Comité Rodin. Te Comité is a wonderful source of archive and expertise material, which has helped establish and stabilise the Rodin market. All works we offer for sale are sold with a letter from the Comité confirming the provenance and authenticity of the works.