A stunning, bronze patinated spelter lady mandolin player by the French sculptor Causse.
She is also signed in the metal and includes some musical notation inscribed in the stand on which she rests her foot.
She is naked except for a cloth miraculously draped over her thigh and she is holding a mandolin which appears to have its original strings attached.
She has a beautiful face (and body), and she is well built in the typical nouveau style, with a large bust, hips etc. and her hair is up in a bun with a delightful wreath in her hair, with some original highlighting to the patina in gold and silver still visible.
She stands nearly 2 feet tall on a shaped base of verdigris marble which bears the plaque which reads ‘La Musique – Par J. Causse (Beaux-Arts 1900)’.
This piece is stunning and in almost perfect condition with just a few very minor scuffs here and there.
A picture of this same figure can be viewed in the Berman book of Bronzes, Vol 4 page 1078, item no 4301.