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    Description

    CÉSAR (French, 1921-1998)
    Hommage à Eiffel, circa 1989
    Welded bronze
    137-3/4 x 82-3/4 inches (350.0 x 210.1 cm)
    Ed. 1/8
    Incised with foundry name and edition number on base

    Property of a Distinguished Gentleman


    PROVENANCE:
    Galerie Trigano, Paris
    Private collection, Paris (purchased from the above in 2008)

    NOTE:
    This sculpture is located at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal museum storage facility and is not on view currently. It is is being offered in situ and an appointment must be made for viewing. The buyer will be responsible for making deinstallation and shipping arrangements from this location. Detailed condition reports are available upon request.

    Standing over 11 feet tall, this monumental sculpture by César is composed of various welded bronze elements, resembling a hulking compression of architectural framework. This modern-day totem is in fact an homage to the Eiffel Tower whose centenary was the same year as the work's creation. Additionally in 1989, César created a representational bronze monument to the man, outfitted with a walking cane, a bird on his shoulder and an assemblage of discordant metalwork exiting the back of his head. Amid the density of the cut I-beams and numerous rivets, the visual cadence of the artist's massive metal block easily summons the subject, while it's airy gaps and lyrical structure has been stripped only of the soaring heights, leaving the sum of its parts below in one simple mass.


    Condition Report*: Several minor condition issues commensurate with outdoor exposure to an unprotected surface include: small, negligible surface deposits, several areas of oranging/discolored patina (some with a slightly powdery appearance), as well as four greenish areas and small sparse spots along the base, due to bronze surface corrosion products and concretions of mineral salts (oxidation); two very minor areas of spalling on stone base; otherwise, sculpture and base appear to be in overall very good condition and corrosion should not be active unless the sculpture continues to be displayed in an outdoor setting without a protective coating applied.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2014
    8th Saturday
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