Rodin’s Napoleon found in New Jer­sey

Times Colonist - - Arts -

MADI­SON, New Jer­sey — A bust of Napoleon by French sculp­tor Au­guste Rodin long thought to be lost was found on dis­play in a New Jer­sey bor­ough hall where it sat for 85 years.

The bust’s ori­gin was con­firmed in 2015, but of­fi­cials waited un­til Wed­nes­day to re­veal the mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar art­work was a long-lost piece by Rodin on Wed­nes­day. The own­ers of the bust an­nounced it will be leav­ing the Madi­son bor­ough hall on loan to the Philadel­phia Mu­seum of Art, The Record re­ported .

Phi­lan­thropist Geral­dine Rock­e­feller Dodge pur­chased the sculp­ture af­ter it was ex­hib­ited at the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art from 1915 to 1929. Of­fi­cials be­lieve Dodge do­nated the bust along with other art to the bor­ough hall around 1942. There, the bust sat for decades.

The sculp­ture is es­ti­mated to be worth between $4 mil­lion to $12 mil­lion US.

Hart­ley Dodge Foun­da­tion pres­i­dent Ni­cholas Platt isn’t sure when the Rodin will re­turn to the bor­ough hall. The Met has ex­pressed in­ter­est in the bust, Platt said.

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