XAVIER MARIE AUGUSTE COURTET, CALLED AUGUSTIN
signed and dated: A. COURTET / 1872
Overall the condition of the marble is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There appears to be a small loss to the tip of the hound’s proper left ear, and to the tips of the crescent moon of Diana’s tiara. There is veining to the marble, consistent with the material, in particular some darker veins to the proper right thigh, to the proper right arm, and to the top of the terrasse. There are a few naturally occurring inclusions, including a darker inclusion to the drapery on the proper left side at the leg, and a filled inclusion in the same place and to the proper left forearm. There are further filled inclusions to the hound’s proper left front leg, and to the drapery on the proper right side in several places. There are a few yellowish dirt marks to the neck and a few dark marks to the proper right arm. There are a few minor chips and abrasions to the edges and corners of the 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.
Born in Lyon, Augustin Courtet enjoyed a successful career in Paris, where he executed sculpture for the Louvre and several churches, as well as the cemeteries of Montparnasse and Père-Lachaise. This beautiful group of the goddess of hunting with her dog takes inspiration from the much-copied antique Diana of Versailles, which has been housed in the Louvre since 1798.