Berthoud produced a series of busts of the actress Sarah Bernhardt, the formidable actress and darling of the European Art Nouveau movement, in several guises. The present jardinière with Bernhardt's features is a particularly original composition.
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, including to the tip of the nose. There is some minor residue to the proper left cheek. There is some light surface staining from moisture, including to the proper right cheek down to the upper lip, and at the back on the proper left side. One of the separately cast vessels inserted behind the 'wings' is detachable. The vessel to the interior also detaches. There is particular wear to the interior of these vessels, consistent with use. "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."