The Bacchante à la Grappe, in Gérôme's well-known Neo-Grec style, was probably based on a painting he made earlier in his career (see Ackerman, op. cit., p. 235). The sculptor worked closely with the Siot-Decauville foundry, who were well-known for their skill in producing multi-coloured patinas.
RELATED LITERATURE G. Ackerman, The Life and Work of Jean-Léon Gérome, p. 235, no. 231; p. 318, no. S.25
Overall the condition of the bronze is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is some minor tarnishing to the gilt patina, including to the woman's thighs and chest. There is minor dark spotting to the surface throughout. There are a few small nicks, including to the woman's buttocks and to the child's proper left shoulder. There are a few minor scratches, including around the woman's proper let shoulder and her proper left hip at the back. "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."