Amélie Simier, Jules Dalou, le sculpteur de la République, exh. cat. Petit-Palais, Paris, 2013, p. 188, n. 121.
The Triumph of Silenus (1884-1898) This project, began while Dalou is in London. Returning to Paris in 1879, the sculptor continued his work and the life-size plaster of the drunken Silenus - in precarious balance astride his donkey – was exhibited at the 1885 Salon. It met a tepid reception and - despite Dalou's great expectations seeking for founding - would not find a buyer. The dynamic composition is inherited from the Baroque patterns and the corpulent and somewhat trivial figures evoke the Flemish art of the Seventeenth century, in the days of Rubens or Jordaens. The group would eventually be acquired by the state in 1894 and a cast by the Thiébaut brothers would be placed in the gardens of the Senate.
The bronze is in overall good condition with some minor vert-de-gris to Silenus' nose, and a small knock to his proper left eyebrow. The bronze is set on a modern stand which is slightly loose on the base, the cross beam is also slighlty loose. There are remains of an old label on the terrasse. "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."