Comité Rodin

Catalogue Critique de l'Oeuvre Sculpté d'Auguste Rodin
currently in preparation

Comité Rodin

Catalogue Critique de l'Oeuvre Sculpté d'Auguste Rodin
currently in preparation
The Comité Rodin has been created in 2004 by Jérôme Le Blay, specialist of Auguste Rodin and François Lorenceau, head of the Brame & Lorenceau Gallery, to study the Sculpted Work of Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), to prepare a Catalogue of the Artist's Complete Sculpted Work and to improve the knowledge of private collectors, dealers, auctioneers and institutions on theirs works
Researches
We have developed an extensive database and archives over the last 25 years with records for more than 4,000 examined works, past auctions, exhibitions, literature, public and private archives including workshop archives of Rodin's founders. We collaborate with a large network of art historians, curators, researchers and bronze experts worldwide to enhance our knowledge of the artist, especially in terms of provenance or foundry technique.
Metal testing and 3D Scanning
We scan and test as often as we can the Works in our premises for researches, comparative alloy studies, archiving, comparison between proofs, Court-appointed expertise and other legal purposes.
Metal testing and 3D Scanning
We scan and test as often as we can the Works in our premises for researches, comparative alloy studies, archiving, comparison between proofs, Court-appointed expertise and other legal purposes.
Museums' Support
The Comité Rodin supports the researches of major museums in the world on their sculptures by Rodin, provides collections' comprehensive review, contributes to provenance researches and exchanges information with curators to improve the knowledge of their collections
Art Foundries' Archives
We have been gathering High Definition pictures of more than 10,000 Works in plaster, terra cotta, bronze, wax and marble and have developed a comprehensive database of foundry marks, signatures, molding and casting techniques, carvers' techniques for most suppliers and assistants of Rodin during his lifetime and his legacy with the Rodin Museum.
Griffoul and Lorge foundry Mark
Griffoul and Lorge foundry Mark
Art Foundries' Archives
We have been gathering High Definition pictures of more than 10,000 Works in plaster, terra cotta, bronze, wax and marble and have developed a comprehensive database of foundry marks, signatures, molding and casting techniques, carvers' techniques for most suppliers and assistants of Rodin during his lifetime and his legacy with the Rodin Museum.
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Why asking the opinion of the Comité Rodin ?

During our 27 years of activity, we have concluded that almost half of the Works attributed to Auguste Rodin that we have examined is illegitimate.

Rodin filed his first lawsuit for forgery against some English and German dealers in 1903 and since then, the Rodin museum, heir of the artist, has defended Rodin's moral rights against large-scale forgers in 1919, 1992 and 2001. Some recently-discovered cases are still pending judgment.
The most important auctioneers, Sotheby's, Christie's, Bonham's, the Hotel Drouot in Paris and the market-at-large request the opinion of the Comité Rodin before offering a sculpture by Auguste Rodin for sale. As reported by several newspapers such as Artnews, "The market craves the blessing of the Rodin Committee" ("Appraising Rodin" by Judd Tully - Artnews).

Having your Work researched by the Comité Rodin will give you the peace of mind before selling or donating to a museum, whether you decide to hold the work, sell it or pass it on to your heirs. You can also require from the dealer or auction house which is offering a Work to submit it to the Comité Rodin before agreeing on your purchase.
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How to apply?
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Email us
Send us an email with your name and address and a brief description of your Work and of your request.
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Fill and return our application form
We will email you an application form to fill, sign and return with NO alterations or erasures.
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Professional HD pictures
We will help you to organise with your own photographer HD pictures of your Work. You can also choose to bring your Work to the Comité Rodin in Paris where we will take our own pictures with our Photo studio.
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Costs of conducting research
We charge researches fees for every Work submitted to the Comité Rodin. These fees are detailed in our application form.
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Inspection of each Work
Once your file reviewed, we may request to inspect your Work and organise with you an inspection.
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Conclusions
After researches, we systematically address a letter of opinion to the applicant with the results of our researches
Legal Notice: The Comité Rodin is not the heir of the artist. We do not represent or defend the moral rights of the artist which are the prerogatives of the Rodin Museum in Paris. The Comité Rodin doesn't provide any valuation or verbal authentication
Contact us:
+33 1 45 22 16 89
contact@comiterodin.fr
Comité Rodin C/o Brame & Lorenceau
68 Boulevard Malesherbes
F-75008 Paris
http://www.bramelorenceau.com/
All photos © Comité Rodin, Paris unless otherwise
Photo of Museo Soumaya © James Florio
Front page photo "Candelabre, 2009" © Akim Monet. http://www.akimmonet.com/


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