Marcel Guérin collection, Paris His sale Maîtres Ader, Picard, Tajan, Paris, October 29, 1975, lot 99
Michel Poletti, Alain Richarme, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux sculpteur. Catalogue raisonné de l’œuvre édité, Paris, 2003, p. 112, n. BU 12.
According to the notice in the catalogue of the 1975 sale, this bronze presumably comes from the Palais des Tuileries. It would have been placed on the Empress Eugenie's chimney. It was reportedly found in the rubble of the fire, broken below the neck.
This bronze bust is a fragment: the bottom edge is jagged. There is a tear just below the neck on the proper right side, major losses to the dark patina revealing an attractive red-brown colouring underneath. A small plug on the proper right side of his cheek. Some minor vert-de-gris to the proper left side of his nose. A few minor dents and scratches to the top and edges of the little wood base. "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."