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The MARABOU COLLECTION – One of the Greatest Sculpture Sales in 2012


STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 27th November 2012, PRNewswire/ — An important collection of sculpture from the 19th and 20th century to come up for sale at Bukowskis in Stockholm on December 4.

Bukowskis has been entrusted to sell a major sculpture collection, once owned by the family behind the Swedish chocolate brand Marabou, Throne-Holst. The total value of the bronzes is ca EUR 2,23 million. The collection includes pieces by master artists such as Auguste Rodin, Jean Arp, Lynn Chadwick, Henri Laurens, Aristide Maillol and Arnaldo Pomodoro.

One special masterpiece is “Le Penseur” by Rodin, cast between 1915 and 1925, and patinated by Jean Limet. According to Jérôme Le Blay from the Comité Rodin, Paris, there are only ten known casts of “Le penseur” from this period.

The sculptures in the Marabou Collection were bought by the Throne-Holst family, who established the chocolate company in 1916. Henning Throne-Holst, director of Marabou 1918–1947, collected art and sculpture and his son, Johan Throne-Holst, followed suit. The family believed that nature, architecture and art could be used to counterbalance the effects of urbanisation and industrialisation and the intention of the Marabou collection was to enhance and improve the lives and personal developement of the work force by the beneficial influence of the challenge fine art sculptures brought to the work place.

Julian Barran, – Independent expert for Nineteenth and Twentieth Century European Art:?“What is so relevant to the collection is the great documentation of all the acquisitions. Today, when there’s been an increase of value for art, buyers want to be sure about what they are buying. In this case, the documentation links right back to the creation of the work, which is very rare”.

Anna-Karin Pusic, head of Bukowskis’ art department: “Selling such a dignified collection is a historical privilege for Bukowskis. These are unique objects that have never before appeared in the international auction market. It is a great honour for us,”

The Marabou Collection will be sold as part of the Classic Sale at Bukowskis December 4.

The lots to be sold at the auction at Bukowskis include “Le Penseur” and “L’enfant prodigue” by Auguste Rodin, “Amphore de Muse” by Jean Arp, “Pair of sitting figures” by Lynn Chadwick, “Apollon” by Charles Despiau, a Ganesh figure, (Hoysala period, India, 11th century), “La Banderole” by Henri Laurens, “Silvatica” by Eric Grate, “La jeune fille agenouillée” by Aristide Maillol, “Emy” by Giacomo Manzu, “Radar No 2” by Arnaldo Pomodoro, “Guscio” by Giò Pomodoro, and “Hibou” by Francois Pompon.

Click here to view the auction page for The Marabou Collection http://www.bukowskis.com/auctions/571