Eagerly awaited on La Croisette, this work by an Indian master rarely represented in France paved the way for other gems by Maillol and Rivière.
Jehangir Sabavala (1922-2011), The Upthrust, 1974, oil on canvas, signed and dated, 127 x 97 cm.
Here, Jehangir Sabavala provided an arresting seascape from 1974 entitled The Upthrust (127 x 97 cm). The painting was bought by an English collector for €286,000. After studying in Bombay, then Paris and London, in the 1970s the painter began to focus on these misty panoramic scenes in oils, which are now highly sought-after. With a far more physical presence, this Large Standing Bather modelled by French sculptor Aristide Maillol in around 1920 exerted her own particular charm, fetching €171,500. This was one of three terracotta copies with a pinkish patina of the famous model made in around 1900; one of these original proofs is now in the Musée Maillol in Paris. Then came the feverish Orientalism of a group by Théodore Rivière. Salammbô chez Mathô. Je t’aime, je t’aime (Salammbô at Mathôs. I love you, I love you) (40.8 x 22.8 x 17.9 cm) depicts Gustave Flaubert's heroine and her transfixed lover. The bronze proof with two patinas – shaded medal brown and rubbed gold – is stamped "Susse frères éditeurs". An admirer gave €81,000 for this sand casting signed on the base.