AFTER ANTONIO CANOVA (1757-1822)
FRENCH, CIRCA 1845-1865
THE HOPE VENUS
bearing the signature: CANOVA / Sculpt and inscribed: GRAUX - MARLY. / F DE BRONZE Paris.
bronze, dark brown patina
Overall the condition of the bronze is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is some minor rubbing to the high points, including to the nipples and to the back. There are some minor nicks and abrasions including to the back. There is some dryness to the patina and some residues: the bronze may benefit from a wax by a professional conservator.
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.
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Heinrich Ueberall (1869-1939), Berlin;
given by the above as collateral to the Dresdner Bank, Danzig;
sold by the Dresdner Bank to the Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (inv. no. B II 76) in 1935;
restituted by the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz to the heirs of Heinrich Ueberall in 2019
B. Maaz (ed.), Nationalgalerie Berlin: Das XIX. Jahrhundert, Bestandskatalog der Skulpturen, vol. I, Leipzig, 2006, pp. 150-151, no. 157
The fine bronze is a reduction of Antonio Canova's celebrated Hope Venus, which was commissioned from the sculptor by the great patron of the arts, Thomas Hope (1769-1831), in Rome in 1816/1817. The original marble is now in the City Art Gallery, Leeds. Like many of Canova's models, the Venus enjoyed significant popularity across Europe in the 19th century. The present bronze was cast in Paris by the Graux-Marly foundry, which was active from 1845 but ceased production before 1864.
The present lot was restituted by Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz to the heirs of Heinrich Ueberall in 2019, together with the painting Sarah brings Hagar to Abraham by Matthias Stomer, which is being offered in Sotheby’s Old Masters Evening sale on 3 July (lot 25).