Bust of Said Abdullah of the Darfour People

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Charles Henri Joseph Cordier
French, 1827-1905
Cast by: Eck et Durand Fondeur
French, 19th century

Bust of Said Abdullah of the Darfour People, 1848

Bronze
H. 82.5 cm (32 1/2 in.) (with socle)
H. 71.3 cm (28 1/8 in.) (without socle)
Inscribed: CH. CORDIER 1848
Ada Turnbull Hertle Endowment, 1963.839

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Publication History

"R. & M. Andrade," Apollo 121, 423 (1960), p. x.

Art Institute of Chicago, Annual Report, 1963-64, p. 19.

John Maxon, Art Institute of Chicago Quarterly 58, 1 (1964).

S. Réveilluad Kriz, L'Odyssée d'un peintre: Drouet Réveilluad (Paris: Fischbacher, 1973), p. 17.

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Exotische Welten, Europäsische phantasien (1987), pp. 357, 491, no. 3.62.

New York, Charles Janoray, LLC, A Golden Age of French Sculpture, 1850-1900 (2003), p. 40, fig. 1.

Paris, Musée d'Orsay, Charles Cordier, 1827-1905: l'autre et l'ailleurs (2004), pp. 15, 18, 205, no. 474.

For comparison, see:

Stanislas Lami, Dictionnaire des sculpteurs de l’école Francaise au dix-neuviéme siècle 1, reprint (Liechtenstein, 1970), p. 417.

Hugh Honour, The Image of the Black in Western Art IV, 2 (Cambridge, MA, 1976-1989), pp. 100-02, fig. 72.

Jeannine Durand-Revillon, "Un promoteur de la sculpture polychrome sous le Second Empire, Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier (1827-1905)," Soc. Hist. Art Francais (1982), pp. 182, 192, fig. 1.

Hermann Pollig, et al, Exotische Welten, Europäsische Phantasien (Stuttgart, 1987), pp. 357, 374, 491, no. 3.61.

Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, et al, La Sculpture ethnographique, de la Vénus hottentote à la Tehura de Gauguin (Paris, 1994), p. 55, no. 33.

Ownership History

Cast in Paris, 1848 and believed to be the original pair cast for the artist [see letter from Gerald Kerin in curatorial object file]; possibly sold directly by the artist to an English private collector in Devon, 1851 [according to letter from William Redford, in curatorial file; Cordier brought ethnographic busts to the 1862 London Exposition, see Exotische Welten, p. 357]; purchased from this collection by William Redford, the agent for Gerald Kerin, Ltd. [see same letter in curatorial file]; sold by Gerald Kerin, Ltd. to the Art Institute, 1963.