The Degas Sculpture Project Ltd
reported, in 2001 an unknown plaster of Degas’ most significant
sculpture, La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans (The Little
Dancer, Aged Fourteen) surfaced in Chevreuse, France. This was
followed in 2004 when 74 other unknown Degas plasters came to light.
The critical question to establish authenticity: “Were the plasters
made from Degas’ waxes?”
Subsequent years of research provided the empirical, physical and
scientific evidence to substantiate, with the possible exception of
only a few, the plasters were made directly from Degas’ original
waxes, either during his lifetime or shortly after he died. This was
confirmed by the Succession Degas which authorized bronze editions
from the plasters. The plasters and bronzes were then authenticated
by the Comité Degas.
Since November 2009 ten museums, including the Tel Aviv Museum of
Art (Israel) and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg,
Russia, have held exhibitions of the Bronzes.
Click here for the Case Study:
Determining Authenticity Based on
Physical Evidence (pdf).
Additional information provided on request.