Léopold Bernstamm was a cosmopolitan sculptor. Born in Riga, he studied in St Petersburg and Florence before completing his training with Antonin Mercié in Paris. He there became honourable president of the Russian section of the Maison des Arts, and was appointed director of the Grévin Museum in 1886. Later in his career, Bernstamm gained a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1900, leading to his appointment as commandeur de la Légion d'honneur in 1908.
Though his oeuvre was dominated by portrait busts, Bernstamm created several elegant female nudes in marble. This charming group is an important marble version of a model that proved so popular that it inspired numerous ceramic copies produced by Sèvres.
S. Bernstamm, Léopold Bernstamm: Sa vie - son oeuvre, Paris, 1913, pp. 54-55