VICTOR DE HAEN
NUDE ON A SEA TURTLE
signed and dated: V. de Haen / 1912 and inscribed: ex. uni:
58 by 44cm., 22⅞ by 17¼in.
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 and veins. There is some brownish staining to the bottom of the terrasse below the turtle's head.
"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."
P. Verbraeken, Living Marble: Belgian Sculptors 1800-1930, Brussels, 2017, pp. 28-29
The son of a sculptor, Victor de Haen was awarded the coveted First Prix de Rome in 1894. His multifaceted oeuvre includes monumental sculpture such as The Martyr (1898) in the Botanical Gardens in Brussels. This sensual nude seated on a turtle represents an unusual subject that epitomises the fantastical fin-de-siècle imagination.