H. de Roos - Towards a catalog of the Maclaren collection
Casting History and Signatures As Indications Of Age (1)
Mary Reid´s answer to my pre-scientific objections admits, that her assessment of the age of the plasters may need confirmation by technical experts:
To try to reply to some of your previous emails:
In regards to plaster dating it is very hard for me to
even make really an educated guess.
[From: Letter from Mary Reid to the author, 20 Dec. 2001]
Even with the high-tech methods modern laboratories have to offer, it will be difficult to draw a line between a plaster made in 1915 and one produced in 1920, if there is only the physical state of the material to build an analysis on.
For this reason, the casting history of single sculptures and the signatures found on the plasters must be examined as well. In a message I picked up in an Internetcafé during my Christmas holidays in Budapest, Gary Arseneau once more insisted that the "A. Rodin" signature stamps on the plasters would indicate they were produced only 40-50 years after Rodin´s death:
(...) The Musee Rodin has documented in a Februay 2,
2000 Musee Rodin letter to me (on page 10 of my "Deception"
presentation and also on the Musee Rodin's website under their
"Meudon" collection section), that they do not send original
Auguste Rodin plasters to the foundries for their posthumous reproduction
in bronze but send plaster reproductions of the original plasters.
[From: Letter from Gary Arseneau to the author, 26 Dec. 2001]
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