Idrac was trained by Falguière and exhibited at the Paris salon from 1877. The Salammbô was one of his defining models. A gilt-bronze cast sold for £40,000 (aggregate) in these rooms on 12 July 2017, lot 17.
Overall, the condition of the bronze is good, with some dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The bronze is cast in sections and a joint and a very small patch are slightly visible to the proper left upper arm. There is a further slightly open but stable joint to the snake below the figure's proper left hand. There is an open casting fissure to the inside of the proper right knee. There is some greening to the bronze, in particular to the crevices around the face, the hair, the chest and around the snake. There is minor wear to the patina, showing the reddish underlayer, in particular to the chest and abdomen and the proper left side of the figure. There is minor pitting to the bronze, in particular to the top of the head at the back. There is a lug to the proper right upper thigh. There are minor nicks and scratches to the surface in areas, in particular to the proper left hip, to the proper right knee and to the edges of the 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."