This piece 17 cm high in wood is made of a cushion and a base joined by the figurative statuette. To keep it light and easy to handle, it is along with the stools a rare example of a design that incorporates void.
The artists are identified by the generic name of Master of the Cascade Coiffure. One of them, the most prolific and the most talented, is known by 12 single caryatid and 4 double caryatid headrests. The first example was collected in 1901.
On December 12 in Paris, Sotheby's sells as lot 141 a prestigious specimen, used as a model in 1964 for the first publication describing the series. Its patina demonstrates a prolonged use.
This example of single caryatid has a beautiful asymmetry of the seated figure with one knee raised and the other leg bent backwards. It also includes one of the rarest features among this corpus : the hands hold a big pipe, alluding to the narcotic that offers sweet dreams to the sleeping woman.
By the same artist, a two-caryatid headrest in an attitude of friendly conversation was sold for € 2.3M including premium by Millon in association with Christie's on December 15, 2016.
SOLD for € 1.75M including premium