LE RÊVE (DAYDREAM)
signed: Hip. Moreau and inscribed: Se Faise / de Sculpture d'Art / 18
Overall the condition of the marble is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is particular dirt in the crevices around the base. There is minor veining to the marble, consistent with the material, in particular to the proper right arm and the proper left foot. There are a few dirt marks, including to the face and to the proper right knee. There are some minor chips to the bottom edge of the marble, and a few further chips and abrasions to the edges and corners of the separately carved base.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Hippolyte Moreau was the second son of Jean-Baptiste Moreau, sculptor and painter from Dijon and patriarch of the Moreau dynasty of sculptors. Hippolyte moved to Paris and debuted at the Salon in 1859. The model for the present lot was conceived in marble in 1887.
P. Kjellberg, Bronzes of the 19th Century: Dictionary of Sculptors, Atglen, 1994, p. 508-509