"Paul Dubois And Barbedienne Bronze (up: 77 Cm)"
Paul DUBOIS (French sculptor 1829-1905) important nineteenth bronze sculpture with bronze patina, model * listed signed and dated on the terrace: P. DUBOIS 1865 - signature of the founder Ferdinand BARBEDIENNE and mechanical reduction seal A. COLLAS - Romantic subject finely engraved with a fifteenth-century Florentine singer playing the mandolin, it presents a pretty slender figure, the smooth and slender volumes of the legs contrast with the extremely precise description of the details of the clothing and the accessories. Very good condition and beautiful patina of caramel color, dimensions: 77 cm high X 31 cm wide / base: 23 cm in diameter. A major work by Paul Dubois inspired by a stay in Italy, he attracted from the outset a great success with refined works inspired by the Italian Renaissance. It is in this vein that he models the Florentine Singer and gets with him the medal of honor of the Salon of 1865. The craze is immense and the sculpture is one of the most admired of the time. A silver-plated bronze statue is located at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. The silvering placed on the bronze accentuates the preciousness of the work, and one hesitates between sculpture and goldsmithery. The first copy was bought by Princess Mathilde, who held under the Second Empire one of the most brilliant artistic and literary salons. Cataloged references: * Bronzes of the nineteenth Pierre Kjellberg, pages 296-298. * Harold Berman '' Bronzes: Sculptors & Founders 1800-1930 '' Volume 1 page118, figure: 528