CHANSON D'AMOUR (LOVE SONG)
signed: Eug. Marioton and entitled: CHANSON d' AMOUR
white marble, with a later wood flute
Overall the condition of the marble is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are reattachments to two of the fingers of the male figure's outstretched hand. The wood flute is a modern replacement. There are a few small naturally occurring inclusions to the marble (some with fill), notably at the male figure's back and his proper right hip and leg and the woman's proper left thigh. Some light dirt marks, including reddish marks to the terrasse on the right side.
"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 enchanting group is a rare marble by a sculptor whose work survives primarily in bronze. Eugène Marioton studied under Dumont, Bonnasieux and Thomas. He exhibited at the Salon regularly from 1882, winning a bronze medal in both 1889 and 1900. He specialised in allegories, genre figures and mythological scenes.