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Inscription

on lower proper left front corner of chair: Degas [stamped replica of artist's signature]; stamped on lower proper right back corner of chair: CIRE PERDUE AAHEBRARD / 44/C

Marks and Labels

FM: CIRE PERDUE AAHEBRARD

Provenance

(A.A. Hébrard, Paris); reportedly (Galerie Kaganovitch, Paris), before 1952.[1] R. Gaston Dreyfus;[2] (sale, Sotheby's, London, 30 March 1966, no. 52); purchased by (P. & D. Colnaghi, London) for Paul Mellon [1907-1999], Upperville, Virginia;[3] gift 1985 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1952
Possibly Edgar Degas, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1952, no. 143, as Vrouw in stoel.
1955
Possibly The Sculpture of Edgar Degas, Galerie Chalette, New York, 1955, no. 24.
1974
Nineteenth-Century Sculpture, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1974, unnumbered checklist.
2010
Edgar Degas: Figures in Motion, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, 2010 (used as the catalogue: Joseph S. Czestochowski and Anne Pingeot, Degas - Sculptures, Memphis, 2002).
Bibliography
1991
Pingeot, Anne. Degas Sculptures. Paris, 1991: no. 58.
1994
Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994: 71, repro.
1995
Campbell, Sara. "A Catalogue of Degas' Bronzes." Apollo 142 (August 1995): 10-48, no. 44 (with erroneous provenance).
2002
Czestochowski, Joseph S., and Anne Pingeot. Degas--Sculptures. Catalogue Raisonné of the Bronzes. Memphis, 2002: 207.
2010
Lindsay, Suzanne Glover, Daphne S. Barbour, and Shelley G. Sturman. Edgar Degas Sculpture. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 2010: no. 52, 300-301, color repro.