white marble, on associated white veined marble socle
This collosal bust of Romaine du Trastévère displays all the magnificence and luxuriant attention to detail which made Cordier one of the most sought-after artists of the Second Empire.
The sculptor visited Rome and Naples en route to his Greek mission in 1858. His short stay in Italy resulted in only three known ethnographic studies, the present model and his Belle Gallinara - Jeune fille des environs de Rome and Napolitaine des Abruzzes. Cordier exhibited his Romaine in his 1860 and 1861 exhibitions as part of his selection of 55 ethnographic portraits from Europe, Africa and the Far East. Following the exhibition in London, Cordier entrusted the auctioneer Foster to mount a public sale of the works. The present marble was purchased alongside its pendant colossal Femme greque de Missolonghi by J L Walker. It was published in the 2004 catalogue Facing the Other as location unknown. De Margerie and Papet also illustrate a plaster version with drapery rather than lace at the décolletage. In addition they list another marble version.
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