Property of a Gentleman
ERNEST BARRIAS | LA NATURE SE DÉVOILANT DEVANT LA SCIENCE (NATURE REVEALING HERSELF TO SCIENCE)
Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 USD
1841 - 1905
LA NATURE SE DÉVOILANT DEVANT LA SCIENCE (NATURE REVEALING HERSELF TO SCIENCE)
signed E. Barrias, stamped P and with the SUSSE FRERES EDITEURS PARIS pastille
bronze, marble, alabaster, lapis lazuli, and porphyry,
the eyes and hair lightly colored, with lapis scarab pinned to her drapery, on fabric-covered wood base
height, including porphyry base 22⅞ in.; 58 cm
Standard surface abrasions. Wear to gilding, particularly on her veil. Traces of yellow polychrome in hair and blue in eyes. Some small natural inclusions in marble. Lovely quality – could benefit from a light cleaning.
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.
Ernest Barrias exhibited the model of La Nature in white marble at the Salon of 1893. This first version was entirely nude apart from the veil which she held over her head. Barrias exhibited the model again in 1899, partly clothed, like the present model, and fashioned out of colored stones, befitting the vogue for chryselephantine sculpture in the Greek style.
Fusco and H. W. Janson, The Romantics to Rodin, exh. cat., Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1980, pp. 118, 120, no. 10