Amélie Simier, Jules Dalou, le sculpteur de la République, exh. cat. Petit-Palais, Paris, 2013, pp. 158-159, n. 101.
Monument to Léon Gambetta (1901-1905) In 1900, a national subscription raises the funds for a monument to the memory of the lawyer and politician Léon Gambetta (1838-1882) for the city of Bordeaux (nowadays dismantled). Dalou wins the project and represents Gambetta full length, dressed in a frock-coat like a modern icon, on the top of a column and flanked on the lower register by groups of Wisedom supporting Liberty and Defense of Homeland. In July 1901, Dalou begins with the first group and has just enough time to start working on the second one before his death. The monument would be completed by two of his practitioners Auguste Becker and Auguste Biaggi.
Overall the condition of the enameled stoneware is good with some discolourations and a few dark stains visible art several places. There are some hairline firing fissures at several places and chips to the high points and along the lower edge. "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."