ALFRED JEAN FORETAY
signed: A. Foretay, and inscribed: Sé Faise de Sculpture d'art 3
Overall the condition of the marble is excellent with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is natural veining to the marble consistent with the material. There are a few minor naturally occurring inclusions to the marble.
"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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A student of Falguière, Foretay made his debut at the Salon in 1891. His works are conceived with a strong element of the contemporary fashion for Art Nouveau, which stimulated a younger generation of sculptors around the fin-de-siècle.