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A CARVED WHITE MARBLE BUST OF JULIUS CAESAR ITALIAN, MID-19TH CENTURY ; with an integrally carved white marble head set into grey draped marble shoulders, the head turned slightly to the left, on waisted socle, Dim: 47 cm. high - A WHITE MARBLE BUST OF A LADY, ITALIAN, AFTER THE ANTIQUE, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY, on a waisted socle ; Dim: 38 cm. high - A PAIR OF MARBLE BUSTS OF ROMAN EMPERORS, ITALIAN, 19TH CENTURY ; Each with white marble head set into coloured marble-veneered shoulders.
In 1848 Cordier made a bust of Seïd Enkess, a former slave from Nubia (modern Sudan). Exhibited at the 1848 Salon as Saïd Abdallah of the Mayac Tribe, Kingdom of Darfur, this work became celebrated when the French government declared the abolition of slavery in its colonies. Cordier's own sympathies were not only with the abolitionist cause, but much more radically, with the equality of all races.