CONSTANTIN MEUNIER | LABOURER
3,000 - 5,000 GBP
1831 - 1905
signed: CMEUNIER and inscribed: B.VERBEYST. FONDEUR. / BRUXELLES
bronze, dark brown patina, on a green marble base
63cm., 24¾in. overall
Overall the condition of the bronze is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few minor scratches to the surface, in particular around the base and to the man's lower back. There is some pitting to the bronze in areas. There is minor greening to the surface in areas, including to the inside of the proper right arm, to the fingers of the proper left arm and to the back of the head and the neck. There are minor chips to the edges of the marble base.
"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."
The present model can be seen in a relief from Meunier's Monument au travail.
W. Gensel, Künstler-Monographien: Constantin Meunier, Leipzig, 1907, p. 60; S. Levine and F. Urban, Hommage à Constantin Meunier 1831-1905, Antwerp, 1998