These two busts of the Prince de Condé and the Vicomte de Turenne are after the marbles by Jérôme Derbais dating to c.1695. Derbais was a prominent marble mason and sculptor in 17th Century France. He supplied much of the marble work, such as fountains and flooring, for the palace of Versailles. The original marble versions of the present models were bought by Henri Jules de Bourbon, Prince de Condé and are now in the Musée de Condé, Chantilly. Plaster casts of the busts are in the collection at the Palace of Versailles.
Both the Condé and Turenne were military heroes and helped to bring the Thirty Years' War to a successful end for France.
A very similar pair of busts were formerly in the Alberto Bruni Tedeschi Collection and were sold in these rooms on 21st March 2007 (lot 65) for £114,000 (aggregate).
S. Hoog, Musée Nationaldu Château de Versailles: Les Sculptures, Paris, 1993, pp. 106, 356, nos. 398, 1666
Bronze and gilt bronze
Pair of busts of Louis II de Bourbon
Each overall: 95cm., 37 3/8 in.