CHARLES-HENRI-JOSEPH CORDIER (1827 - 1905) FRENCH, THE FIRST SIGNED AND DATED 1856, THE SECOND CIRCA 1873
Marchand d'Oranges, or Enfant d'Alger (5 ans) and Marchand d'Oranges or Enfant d'Orient
the first signed and dated on the edge of the tunic ALGER 1856 CORDIER
parcel-gilt, polychrome and patinated bronze, marble and onyx with stone bases
with gilt and painted wood Neoclassical style pedestals
heights (without pedestals) 41in.; 104cm; height of pedestals 36 1/2 in.; 93cm
Overall general wear and standard surface abrasions.
The ormolu tassels at the end of the sleeves on both figures have been reattached and glued. One sleeve has a small chip (1cm or less) above the tassel. Some screws are missing or replaced for attachment of the oranges and leaves (which are not very evident) . One figure's arm has tiny, pin sized white paint splatter that can easily be removed easily. One figure with chip to the bottom edge of the alabaster tunic on the back and a small piece at the trim is re-glued. The other figure has a broken off and re-glued alabaster tassel at the back bottom edge of the tunic and an old restoration to a break on the top of the tree trunk behind the figure (see image) - not immediately visible. All restorations are stable and not at all distracting. The quality of the carving and casting details are very fine. The wood bases have general chips and cracks throughout as seen in the catalogue images.
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.
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Mess. Perrin, Royère et Lajeunesse, 27 May 1984 Versailles
Aveline & Cie., Paris 1988
Pedro Rioux-Maillou, 'M. Cordier et son Christophe Colomb,' in L’ Art, t. V, 1875, p. 410, illus. in a drawing by Valentin after a figure by Cordier
Jeanine Durand Révillon, (research conducted for the Ecole du Louvre), 1980
Jeanine Durand Révillon, 'Un promoteur de la sculpture polychrome sous le Second Empire, Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier (1827-1905)' in Bulletin de la Société de l'histoire de l'art français, session of 6th February 1982, 1984, p. 194
Yves Gairaud, ‘Le semaine dernière en province. De la peinture au mobilier Classique,’ Gazette de l’ hôtel Drouot, no. 22, 1 June 1984, p. 84
Pierre Kjellberg, “les bronzes de collection di xix siècle. 12. Exotisme, mythologie, allégorie,” in Gazette de l’ hôtel Drouot, no. 1, 4 January 1985, p. 30
Laure de Margerie et. al., Charles Cordier: L'autre et L'ailleurs, Paris, Musée d' Orsay, 2004, no. 350 (Catalogue Raisonné no. 181)
Marseille, Cercle Artistique, 1873
Nice, Maison Randon, 52 avenue de la Gare, 1881, no. 761 (for 5000 F)