This dynamic bronze by Ségoffin recalls in its elegant pose and sketchy quality Edgar Degas' celebrated pastels of ballet dancers. Ségoffin was born in Toulouse and studied in Paris under Pierre Jules Cavalier, as well as Louis Ernest Barrias, who was a strong influence, at the École des Beaux-Arts. He debuted at the Salon in 1890 and won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1897.
Overall the condition of the bronze is very good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few minor nicks and scratches. There is minor greening in areas, including at the back of the neck. There is some rubbing to the patina at the high points. "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."