Fernand Léger (French)
inscribed ‘F.LÉGER,’ numbered ‘2/8’ and stamped with the foundry mark ‘C. Valsuani cire perdue’ (on the right side of the base)
22 1/4 in (56.23 cm) (length)
Cast in bronze in a numbered edition of 8
This work is a smaller version of Le jardin d’enfants, a brightly colored and whimsical painted bronze which stands 8 meters tall at the Musée National Fernand Léger in Biot, in the South of France.
The present owner’s uncle was Leon Kolker, a private art dealer (1960s-1980s) based in Scarsdale, NY. Mr Kolker took buying trips to Europe and both collected and sold works by modern masters including Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, and Diego Giacometti, among others.