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"Fencer - Bénédict Rougelet 1834-1894"
Dimensions Height: approx. 12" Width: Approx. 13 cm Ø of terrace: 12 cm Weight: 4.6 kg Signature On the left side of the terrace. Signature of the founder: P. Lombard Fres Cartel of attribution, to C. Prevost Paris 1887 Material Bronze with brown patina.

Bénédict Rougelet had sculpted a group of five fencers in bronze, independent of each other, in different attitudes, and of which we have here two of the five attitudes. The model heads had been made at an undetermined date in his career, but in any event between 1868 and 1893. At that time, dueling was prohibited (and the pistol was now preferred by duelists anyway), and fencing is slowly transitioning into a competitive sport. Weapons halls open, where military weapons masters teach. Swashbuckling novels such as Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier in 1835, Les Trois Mousquetaires, by Alexandre Dumas senior or the bestselling novels by Paul Féval, Ponson du Téraill, Michel Zévaco are fueling enthusiasm for this sport. In 1870, fencing mornings were organized at the Élysée. Italian and French masters compete in gala matches that fill the theaters.

The first French fencing tournament was organized on January 15, 1893, and was included in the first Olympic Games in 1896. Four countries were represented by thirteen players. In this craze for this spectacular and elegant sport, statuettes of fencers were very popular. Bénédict ROUGELET: At the age of 28, he decided that the time for learning was over and left Joseph-Hugues Fabisch's studio with loss and a crash. For some time, he led a bohemian life, working here and there, until, in 1866, Francisque Duret (1804-1865) opened the doors of his studio to him. Grand Prix de Rome for sculpture (1823), Francisque Duret was an artist with a well-established reputation. In his studio crowded many students who would lead illustrious careers such as Jules Dalou or Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. However, no more with Francisque Duret than with his predecessors, Bénédict could not stand the constraint of a teaching, submission to a rule and a method... 1868 saw him debut at the Salon des Artistes Français with a marble bust (n ° 3831) of Baron Alceste Chapuis-Montlaville, Imperial Senator, his benefactor. The same year, he made a marble statue 2.10 meters high, of his compatriot, the painter Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805).
The municipality acquired this monumental work and, on August 30, 1868, it was erected on the Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville in Tournus. His career began well, the works followed and linked each other, rewarded with a certain notoriety and various awards, such as an Honorable Mention at the 1887 salon. Emmanuel Frémiet, whose studio adjoined his, encouraged him to embark on more difficult works, more motivating too.

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Price: 990 €
Artist: Bénédict Rougelet 1834-1894
Period: 19th century
Style: Napoleon 3rd
Condition: Good condition

Material: Bronze
Width: 13
Diameter: 12
Height: 30.5

Reference: 1021972
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