signed 'Math. Moreau', with cachet 'MEDAILLE D'OR/ MD/ PARIS'
bronze, mid-brown patina
2812 in. (72.5 cm.) high, overall; 14 in. (35.5 cm.) wide; 1412 in. (37 cm.) deep
The model conceived circa 1875.
This bronze circa 1880.
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Lot Essay

The term 'sylphide', derived from the mythological 'sylph' or spirit of the air, connotes a graceful and slender female figure often associated with ballet dancers. With the lithe figure perched delicately on the edge of the fountain, the prolific 19th century sculptor Moreau perfectly encapsulates that essence in the present model. Another example of this model sold Christie's, New York, 21 October 2015, lot 6 ($8,125).

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