George Coudray Art Nouveau Female Marble Bust Sculpture
This marble bust by Georges Charles Coudray (French, 1863-c.1932), entitled Les Nenuphars (The Waterlillies), depicts a lovely female with water lily flowers in her hair and base decorated with lily pads. Good condition with a chip to one of the flower petals on base. 25 x 10 x 14 inches. Weighs over 90 lbs.
Listed in the Benezit, the artist studied with Falguiere and Thomas, and exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1883 to 1903. An example of this particular model was exhibited by Coudray at the World Exposition in Paris in 1900.
Coudray's works periodically appear at major auction. The highest sale price achieved at auction is apparently the sale of two bronzes, Othello and The Emir, each 33 inches, offered in lot 17 of Christie's sale on April 12, 2007 with an estimate of $30,000-$50,000 which closed at $66,000.