Creator: Jules Jean Pendariès [1862-1933]
Date: 19th Century
Dimensions: 29 x 10 x 8 inches
Date Acquired: 2013-10-23
From Where?: Brockton, Massachusetts (US)
This was, as far as I could tell, a once in a lifetime event. Here was an original and elaborate sculpture by an artist who has an entire room dedicated to him in a museum in France, carved from a single block of white marble, being sold only a few miles from my house, offered at auction with no reserve. I will never forget the ordeal of laying this sculpture horizontally onto couch cushions in the backseat of my parents car, and, upon arriving home, lugging this 60 lb. sculpture in my arms up two stories to off-load it onto my desk. It was at this point that I discovered that sculptures deserved to make up 50% or more of the collection. I now spend most of my time searching for sculptures.