Classical Head - Serenity


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Elie Nadelman (1882 - 1946)
Classical Head - Serenity
c. 1917
White marble head, on a square pink marble base
15 3/8 x in. • 39 x cm
5 1/8 x 7 1/8 x 6 7/8 in. • 13 x 18 x 17.5 cm


Estate of Elie Nadelman, New York;
Philip Sills, New York, since 1961 (when purchased directly from the artist's wife, Viola Nadelman);
By whom sold, New York, Sotheby's, 2 December 1993, lot no. 134;
With Galerie Piltzer, Paris, until the Biennale des Antiquaires, 1996, when sold to;
Karl Lagerfeld, Paris, until 2021, when acquired by the present owner.


C. Nadelman, ‘A Modernist at Home: Elie Nadelman’, Over the Top, 2003, p. 85 (where described as presiding in Karl Lagerfeld’s bathroom);

J. B. Rafferty, ‘Living Lagerfeld’, Art + Auction, September 2008 (as ‘my favourite statue, Serenity, by Elie Nadelman’).</p