Important American Furniture, Paintings, Folk Art and Decorative Arts – January 22, 2013 Auction Results

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Lot 225

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A Life-Size Intricately-Detailed Anatomical Model,

Designed by the French Physician Dr. Louis Thomas Jerome Auzoux Crafted by Workshop of Louis Auzoux (1797-1880)

Anatomical Figure, Paris, circa 1883
Signed indistinctly and dated on outer left thigh ÒAnatomie Cl./Auzoux/1883Ó
Signed and dated on outer left thigh:ÒAnatomie Cl.. / .. Auzoux / 1883Ó
Calcium carbonate, hyde glue and rag pulp paper fiber.
This rare hand sculpted sculpture retains its original cast iron base.
H. (incl. base) 49 in.

Dr. Auzoux realized in 1822 during his medical training, that cadavers rapidly deteriorated and wax models were not readily available, hence there was a need in the field for anatomically correct models. The workshop of Louis Auzoux used an innovative papier-m‰chŽ method to cast anatomical figures for teaching purposes. (Reference: "Maine Antiques Digest," June, 2012).

The internal body cavity and head open and, like the exterior they are meticulously labeled with Latin inscriptions on small strips of paper.

Provenance: Private Collection, Mexico, circa 1883

A similar example with missing components sold BonhamÕs, Knightsbridge, April 2011. v

Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000

Price Realized: $10,540