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CHARLES-HENRI-JOSEPH CORDIER | Mauresque d'Alger Chantant (Moorish Woman of Algiers singing)

5,000 - 7,000 GBP
11,250 GBP
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  • After Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier
  • Mauresque d'Alger Chantant (Moorish Woman of Algiers singing)
  • signed: C. CORDIER.
  • bronze, silvered, gilt, and dark brown patina

Catalogue Note

La Mauresque d'Alger Chantant was one of thirteen portraits which Cordier, ethnographic sculptor to the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle, produced during his mission to Algeria from April to October in 1856. 

The Mauresque d'Alger chantant was exhibited at the Palais de l'Industrie in 1860 alongside other portraits created during Cordier's Algerian sojourn. A descriptive catalogue of the exhibition was written by the critic Marc Trapadoux. Trapadoux was fascinated by the Mauresque chantant and wrote passionately of her vitality: 

'...the transparent colour of her skin is white and rose, her perfumed hair black and shiny, her eyes, blue and limpid, shine with joy, her graceful face reflects an ingenious and vibrant soul. Her entire personality expresses pleasure and surrender. Her mouth half-open like a flower, lets escape a smooth sound, a sort of chirping which swells her neck, lifts her breast and throws back her head...'

The Mauresque d'Alger chantant was one of the most popular of Cordier's models and it was edited in bronze in various sizes. 

M. Trapadoux, L'Oeuvre de M. Cordier. Galerie anthropologique et ethnographique pour servir a l'histoire des races, Paris 1860, pp. 11 and 13-14, no. 3; L. de Margerie and E. Papet, Facing the Other. Charles Cordier (1827-1905) Ethnographic Sculptor, exh. cat., Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 2004, pp. 188-191, cat. nos. 359-383