A FRENCH BRONZE AND ROUGE MARBLE BUST ENTITLED 'L'OISEAU BLEU'
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK STATE (LOT 12)
A FRENCH BRONZE AND ROUGE MARBLE BUST ENTITLED 'L'OISEAU BLEU'

CAST BY BOYER FRERES FROM A MODEL BY EMILE HEBERT, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

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A FRENCH BRONZE AND ROUGE MARBLE BUST ENTITLED 'L'OISEAU BLEU'
CAST BY BOYER FRERES FROM A MODEL BY EMILE HEBERT, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
Signed EMILE HEBERT and Boyer Fresà Paris, raised on a rotating ormolu-mounted socle with paw-cast feet, with further title plaquette engraved OISEAU BLEU/COULEUR DU TEMPS/VOLE A MOI/PROMPTEMENT
32 in. (81.5 cm.) high

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Lot Essay

This finely-cast bust is inspired by the tale of 'The Blue Bird', taken from the contes de fées by Madame Marie-Cathérine D'Aulnoy (d. 1705). Here Hebert chooses to capture the encounter between the tale's heroine, Florine, and her princely suitor who was transformed into a blue bird by the villain queen. The inscription engraved to the front of the bust reads 'Blue bird, color of the sky, fly to me quickly'.

A similar bust and companion candelabra were sold, Hotel Drouot, ?????????????????

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