27 septembre 2010

'Encrier Fantastique': A French bronze self-portrait inkwell of Sarah Bernhardt. cast by Thiebaut Frères, Paris

'Encrier Fantastique': A French bronze self-portrait inkwell of Sarah Bernhardt. cast by Thiebaut Frères, Paris, from the model by Sarah Bernhardt, dated 1880. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010 . Modelled as a recumbent winged sphinx with a spiny reptilian tail and the clawed limbs of a mythical beast, clutching an open bowl with massive ram's horns and set with a devil's head, the inkwell concealed beneath a removable cover in the form of a pile of books, a quill-pen rest cast into her hair, signed and dated... [Lire la suite]