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Reclining Female Nude: M.1-1940

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Titles

Reclining Female Nude

Maker(s)

Despiau, Charles (Sculptor)
Valsuani, C. (Founder)

Description

Bronze, cast, with dark brown patina, slightly polished. The reclining figure rests on her left elbow; the right knee is raised and the right hand and arm rest on it; the left leg, flat on the ground, is crossed under the other. The left elbow is raised on a pillow. The figure is attached to its base.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Frank Hindley Smith

Measurements and weight

Depth: 10.2 cm
Height: 16.1 cm
Length: 27.2 cm

Relative size of this object

27.2 cm16.1 cm10.2 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1940) by Hindley Smith, Frank

Dating

1920s
Early 20th century
Production date: AD/CE 1922

Note

Cast no. 3 of 10

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Visible Surface: composed of patina

Materials used in production

Bronze

Techniques used in production

Casting : Bronze, cast, with dark brown patina, slightly polished
Patinating Polishing

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: edition number

  • Text: 3/10
  • Mark

Inscription present: foundry stamp

  • Text: Cire perdue de Valsuani
  • Stamp

Inscription present: sculptor's signature

  • Text: C. Despiau
  • Signature

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1940
Primary reference Number: 13575
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_1940
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 16 March 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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