signed: E. SOLDI
Overall the condition of the marble is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is natural veining to the marble consistent with the material. There are minor standard chips and abrasions including to the base. There are a few minor naturally occurring inclusions to the marble including to the chest. There are a few minor chips to some of the foliage at the back. A few possible scratches to the nose.
"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."
Soldi-Colbert was the son of a German professor named Soldyck, of Danish origin. He worked as a bookbinder and trained as a medal-engraver, before beidng admitted to the École des Beaux-Arts. He debuted at the salon with a relief depicting Acteon, a plaster of which was sold in these rooms, 15 November 2005, lot 37.
The model for the present Flora was commissioned in 1898, and the plaster was finished by Soldi-Colbert in 1900. The completed lifesize marble version, measuring 190cm., was in the Jardin du Carrousel (at the Arc de Triomphe) from 1903 onwards, but was destroyed during the liberation of Paris in August 1944.
G. Bresc-Bautier and A. Pingeot, Sculptures des jardins du Louvre, du Carrousel et des Tuileries II, Paris, 1986, pp. 410-412