RAOUL CHARLES VERLET
1857 - 1923
LA DOULEUR D'ORPHÉE (ORPHEUS' SORROW)
signed: Roaul Verlet, inscribed: F. BARBEDIENNE Fondeur. Paris, and stamped: REDUCTION MECANIQUE A. COLLAS BREVETE
bronze, 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 dark spotting to the patina in areas. A few minor nicks and scratches, including at the proper right elbow.
"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."
This lively rendering of Orpheus shows his lyre and Cerebus, the three headed dog guarding the gates of hell, at his feet on a naturalistic looking base. Orpheus is shown in a state of anguish, as he broke his promise to Hades and looked back at his beloved Euridyce, and thus lost his chance to bring her back from the underworld. This cast shows a particularly beautiful patina with subtle coloration and natural wear.
The plaster model was first exhibited at the Salon of 1887 and a bronze version was erected in the Place Malesherbes but destroyed in 1942.
Verlet exhibited in the Salon between 1880 and 1914 and worked on several state commissions including the group of Les Arts at the Grand Palais.
B. Kjellberg, Bronzes of the 19th century: dictionary of sculptors, Pennsylvania, 1994, pp.638-639