Marius Joseph Sain was born in Avignon in 1877. He studied under the sculptors Injalbert, Thomas and Feliz Charpentier, and debuted at the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français in 1903. His work can be found in the collections of the musée d'Avignon and the musée du Petit Palais in Paris.
These two bronzes are testament to Sain's concern for ethnographic accuracy. The distinctive costumes of the figures are enhanced by the attractive contrasts both in patina and in textured surface.
Overall the condition of the bronzes is very good with some minor wear to the patina consistent with age. There is an area of greening to the patina to the left of the girl's proper left foot. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."