JOSEPH MARIA THOMAS (JEF) LAMBEAUX
LEDA AND THE SWAN
signed: Jef. LAMBEAUX and inscribed: J. PETERMANN. FONDEUR. / BRUXELLES
bronze, dark brown patina
56 by 93cm., 22⅛ by 36⅝in.
Overall the condition of the bronze is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. Minor dark spotting to the patina in a few areas.
"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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Jef Lambeaux was arguably the most important Belgian sculptor of the late 19th century. He was known for his erotic works, and caused controversy with his explicit nudes several times in the 19th century: his relief Human Passions was seen as indecent when it was unveiled to the public in 1899. The risqué subject of Leda and the Swan was tackled by the sculptor several times, and perhaps most elegantly in the present bronze, which sees Leda teasing her seducer with an apple.