Colin Gleadell has the news of Phillips’s newly announced Matisse bronze for the London sales. Nu Allongé is the third cast of a series of ten. Another in the series sold for $9.6m seventeen years ago at Phillips. This one comes to market with an estimate, £5-7m, keyed to that long-ago sale:
Others from the edition were cast until 1951 and are held in the collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris; the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Texas.
While all of these other casts have a shiny surface from years of protective waxing, number three’s more matte finish is much closer to its original state.