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Danse espagnole: M.4-2018

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Current Location: In storage


Danse espagnole
Translated as: Spanish Dance
(Spanish Dance)


Sculptor: Degas, Edgar
Founder: Hébrard, Adrien-A.




Bronze statuette of a female dancer


History note: A.A. Hébrard foundry, Paris; sold or consigned to Galerie Max Kaganovitch, Paris, by June 1949; sold 4 September 1951 through Frankart S.A., Switzerland to Alex Reid and Lefèvre Ltd, 30 Bruton St, London; sold 22 February 1954 to Miss Anne Allnatt (later Hoellering); remained with the purchaser until her death in 2016.

Legal notes

Accepted in lieu of Inheritance Tax by H.M. Government from the estate of Anne Hoellering and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum, 2018

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Allocated (2018) by H.M. Government


20th Century
After 1931 CE - Before 1948 CE


The original lifetime wax statuette was modelled by Degas in the 1880s (now Musée d'Orsay, Paris). This posthumous authorized edition bronze was produced by the A.A. Hébrard foundry, Paris, at an unknown date after 1931 and before 1948. This sculpture remained in the same collection from 1954 until 2018, as is proved by the original invoice for sale which is still extant. At the time it was purchased by Miss Anne Allnatt (later Hoellering) whose father, Major Allnatt, had donated Rubens’ masterful 'Adoration of the Magi' to King's College Chapel in 1961.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Sculpture Depth 15.3 cm Height 41.2 cm Width 18.7 cm

Materials used in production

Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Copper alloy, probably brass

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Degas
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Mark
  • Method of creation: In relief
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: number stamped, letter incised

  • Text: 20 | Q
  • Method of creation: Stamped / incised
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4-2018
Primary reference Number: 226229
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_4_2018
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 8 January 2019 Updated: Thursday 23 February 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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