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    Sale 5923

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    12 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 351

    A FRENCH BRONZE BUST ENTITLED 'LA NÉGRESSE'

    LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, AFTER JEAN-BAPTISTE CARPEAUX (1827-1875)

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH BRONZE BUST ENTITLED 'LA NÉGRESSE'
    LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY, AFTER JEAN-BAPTISTE CARPEAUX (1827-1875)
    Inscribed to the base 'POURQUOI! NAÎTRE ESCLAVE' and 'B. Carpeaux. 1868', further inscribed to one shoulder 'PROPRIÉTÉ CARPEAUX'
    13½ in. (34.2 cm.) high


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    The inscription on the base of this bronze bust 'Pourquoi! Natre esclave' (Why born a slave?) reflects Carpeaux's liberal humanitarian viewpoint. This bust is derived from the bronze figures on his Four Parts of the World Sustaining the Globe, which is a central element of the fountain of the Observatory in the Luxembourg Gardens, Paris. A terracotta versions of this bust is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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