1824 - 1904
DANSEUSE À LA POMME (ANCIENT DANCER)
signed: J.L. GÉROME, numbered: G103 and stamped: SIOT.DECAUVILLE. FONDEUR PARIS
bronze, gilt and blue-green patina
Overall the condition of the bronze is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few small nicks and scratches, including to the proper right arm and to the terrasse. There are minor glue residues to the terrasse. There is a small circular screw hole at the centre of the terrasse and a small dent to the drapery next to it. There is minor oxidation to the patina, including to the drapery between the legs.
"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."
Gérôme's Danseuse à la pomme was exhibited at the Salon of 1893. The dress was carved from green-tinted marble, the flesh from ivory and the jewelry applied in bronze decorated with pastes and semi-precious gems. The original colour of the dress is retained in this fine bronze cast.
G. M. Ackerman, The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérôme, Paris, 1986, p. 316, no. S. 20