1827 - 1875
FLORE ACCROUPIE (CROUCHING FLORA)
signed: JBte. Carpeaux
52 by 31cm., 20½ by 12¼in.
Overall the condition of the marble is very good, with light surface dirt throughout. The marble would benefit from professional cleaning. There are a few small naturally occurring inclusions, including one with slightly discoloured fill at the proper left shoulder blade.
"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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This finely carved marble is an adaptation of Carpeaux's famous haut-relief from the Pavillon de Flore. After its completion in 1870, Barbédienne mistakenly predicted that the work would be a commercial failure; it soon became one of Carpeaux's most successful models. Carpeaux sold a marble version for 15000 francs to a private collector in London. There is a preparatory oil sketch of this subject in the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Valenciennes. The marble was edited in the present dimensions by Susse and appears in their catalogues of 1910 and 1914.
M. Poletti and Richarme, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux sculpteur. Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre édité, Paris, 2003, p. 87, no. 1 SE10