"Léopold Bernhard Bernstamm (1859-1939). Bust Of French Actor Benoît Constant Coquelin."Bust portrait of the theater actor Benoît Constant Coquelin, known as elder Coquelin. Ocher-glazed sandstone shaded with green. Signed Manufacture Emile Muller. Presence of different stamps and edition numbers. Around 1880. Height: 11 inches.
Benoît Constant Coquelin was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer on January 23, 1841. He entered the Comédie Française in 1860 after receiving the first prize in comedy from the Paris Conservatory. Having become a member of the Théatre Français, he created more than 40 roles during his 25 years spent in the French institution. In 1897 he created the role of Cyrano de Bergerac at the Porte-Saint-Martin theater. He then became one of the most popular actors of his time. He died on January 27, 1909 from a heart attack at the age of 68.
Léopold Bernhard Bernstamm is a German-born sculptor born in Riga on April 20, 1859. He studied at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg. From the early 1880s he became famous for his busts of personalities from the world of the arts and literature. He moved to Paris in 1885 where he collaborated with sculptor Antonin Mercié. His ability to capture the phisionomy in clay, opened the doors to the Musée Grévin where he became sculptor in chef. He died on January 22, 1939 in Paris.