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French, Paris, circa 1700 | Apollo and the Python

Estimate:

200,000 - 300,000 GBP

French, Paris, circa 1700 | Apollo and the Python

French, Paris, circa 1700 | Apollo and the Python

Estimate:

200,000 - 300,000 GBP

Lot sold:

252,000

GBP

French, Paris, circa 1700

Apollo and the Python


bronze, rich dark brown patina

on a gilt bronze ormolu base, attributed to Jean-Claude Duplessis (1695-1774), circa 1745

marked with the crowned 'C' control mark

Apollo: 68cm., 26¾in.

base: 6.5cm., 2½in.

Overall the bronze is in very good condition. There is general wear to the patina consistent with age, notably on the python's nose and eyebrows. The bow that Apollo would have originally held in his right hand is missing. There are small original casting holes on Apollo's inner thigh and on the top of his head. There are some minor abrasions, such as to Apollo's left calf. There is some minor black spotting in the patina. There is some surface dirt notably in Apollo's hair and on the naturalistic base. There is some discolouration to the ormolu base which could benefit from cleaning. Otherwise the condition is very good.


"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."

According to family tradition, formerly in the collection of Jean-Baptiste de Machault (1701-1794), Château d’Arnouville;
Charles-Henri-Louis de Machault (1747- 1830), his son;
Eugène de Machault (1783-1867), his son;
Henriette de Machault (1808-1864), wife of Marquis de Vogüé in 1826;
Leonce Louis Melchior, Marquis de Vogüé (1805-1877), Paris;
Thence by descent;
Etude Beaussant Lefèvre, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 25th April 2003, lot 76;
Highlights from an Important Private European Collection, Sotheby's, London, 5 July 2006, lot 9