Emile Guillemin (d. 1907) debuted at the Salon in 1870, when he exhibited a pair of Roman gladiators, entitled Rétaire and Mirmillon. However, like his contemporary Charles Cordier, he is best-known for Orientalist works, inspired by the Middle East and its exoticism. Dating from 1872, when large casts of the pair were first exhibited, the following two lots are listed in Ferdinand Barbedienne's 1886 catalogue as Deux femmes indienne et persane. The models were edited in four sizes. A large pair of these candelabra-bearing figures - perhaps the original exhibited bronze casts - flanked the entrance of the Barbedienne family residence and were sold as Belles orientales aux flambeaux at the Hôtel des Ventes, Enghien, 4 March 1984 (530,000 francs). A large adapted version of Persane, supporting a water-jug rather than candelabrum, and with lapis lazuli additions was sold Sotheby's New York, 16 February 1995, lot 47 ($225,000). The present cast of Persane is an example of the second largest size of the work edited by Barbedienne.