Egyptomania, L'Egypte dans l'art occidental, 1730-1930, exhibition cat., Paris, 20 January-18 April 1994
A drawing by Charles Percier depicting a chimney project kept in the Louvre (inv. RF30630) is part of the "Return of Egypt" aesthetic in style since the end of the 18th century. This model of a female Nubian was adapted by the bronze artist Pierre-Philippe Thomire and applied onto a console housed today at the Grand Trianon. Furthermore, it appears on several diverse candelabras, such as the pair kept at the Salm mansion serving as the Palace of the Legion of Honor (inv. GLMC 696), those at Valençay Château, and those at Pavlovsk Palace.
The illustration of the catalogue is accurate. Good overall condition. A very few minutes scratches to the patina of the female figures. A few minutes chips on the white marble base. The black marble plinth has been drilled in the middle, probably in order to maintain the candelabra on columns. There are two casting holes which have been originally restored at the back of a figure. Very elegant and rare model. "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."