Collection Henry Martinet, France Thence by descent
This bronze is one of four casts : Two are in the collections of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon and the Musée François Pompon, Saulieu. The plaster version was sold in 1996. The present lot, which has remained in the family of Henry Martinet since its creation, is offered today by his great-niece.
Good overall condition. The patina presents with a few surface scratches and instances of wear, including a few losses of patina. The back of the head presents with some very light oxidation. The sides and back of the head present with previous poor attemps to re-patinate some wear and losses, resulting in scattered large darker traces. The head is fixed to its marble base. The marble base presents with some minute to small chips along the edges and the corners, not extremely visually distractive. "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."