1824 - 1887
BUSTE D'ALGERIENNE (BUST OF AN ALGERIAN WOMAN)
signed: A. CARRIER-BELLEUSE
terracotta, on an ebonised wood socle
69cm., 27⅛in. overall
Overall the condition of the terracotta is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is a slip to the surface throughout. There are a few minor stable firing cracks, including hairline fissures on the proper left side of the chin and to the proper right breast. There are more significant fissures around the hair at the back and at the back of the integral socle. There are a few possible minor chips, including around the bottom edge.
There is some general wear to the wood socle, including some stable splitting, some staining, and a few nicks.
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.
Carrier Belleuse's busts were among some of his most remarkable works: both portraiture and allegorical subjects. Perhaps in his allegorical subjects, where his imagination could have free reign, his virtuosity is showcased fully. The present bust of an Algerian woman, with its soft features and serene smile, is a beautiful example of his skill, and compares closely to some of his well-known allegorical subjects, such as the bust of Alsace.
S. Lami, Dictionnaire des Sculpteurs de L'école Française, Paris, 1914, p. 284