LA BECQUÉE (GIRL FEEDING HER CHICKENS)
signed: Henri Ple
white marble, on a mottled marble base
81cm., 31⅞in. overall
Overall the condition of the marble is excellent with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few small naturally occurring inclusions. Minor abrasions to the edges of the pink 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.
A Parisian by birth, Henri-Honoré Plé studied under Géricault and Mathurin Moreau. He exhibited figures and projects for memorials at the Salon from 1877, winning honourable mentions in 1879 and 1889, as well as third and second class medals in 1880 and 1898 respectively. He also received a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1900. This enchanting marble representing a pastoral subject forms a contrast to the proud and powerful masculine figures with which Plé is primarily associated.