S. Lami, Dictionnaire des Sculpteurs de L'école Française, vol. I, Paris, 1914, p. 416 (possibly)
Corbel first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1877 where he immediately won a medal. His last appearance at the Salon was in 1897. He received a state commission for a bust of Gounod for the Paris Opera. The present marble bust is possibly the bust of Victor Hugo exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1893 (no. 2720, op. cit. p. 416).
Overall the condition of the marble is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are small chips and abrasions to the bust and base. There is minor veining to the marble consistent with the material, including to the proper left side of the head. There are some minor naturally occurring inclusions to the marble. There is a small chip to the forehead. "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."