EXQUISITE PAIR OF REMBRANDT AND ALBRECHT DURER SCULPTURES AFTER MODELS BY ALBERT CARRIER-BELLEUSE
Circa last quarter of 19th century, in patinated bronze, signed "Carrier Scpt."
Item # 610FPY04S
A most excellent pair of bronze sculptures capturing the seated figures of Rembrandt and Albrecht Dürer, these absolutely gorgeous sculptures are cast with utmost care and respect for the details. The figure of Albrecht Dürer is relatively uncommon and as a perfectly matched and intended pair they are a quite rare presentation. Both being of perfect “cabinet” dimensions of 11” and 10 1/2” respectively, they have an inordinate amount of detail packed into the small footprint: each hand is perfectly formed, the facial features crisp and moving, garments captured with utmost realism and the whole figure perfectly capturing the detail found in the larger examples. “Rembrandt” is titled on the outer edge of his artist portfolio and is signed in the naturalistic base “Carrier”; the figure of Dürer is titled on his music folio and signed along the base "Carrier Scpt.”
ALBERT ERNEST CARRIER-BELLEUSE:
Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse apprenticed as an engraver at age thirteen beside the goldsmith Fauconnier in Paris, later being accepted into the Ecole des Beaux-Arts based on the endorsement of David d'Angers in 1840. His training became evident in his later work with bronzes, the minute and exceptional attention to small details required as a goldsmith eventually would give depth and life to his romantic sculptures. Exhibiting a keen interest in porcelain, he was eventually named the director of Works of Art at the Sevres porcelain factory in Paris in 1875, many of his works being then interpreted into painted scenes manufactured by the firm. Some of the most treasured works by Carrier-Belleuse is the extensive quantity of busts he produced, these capturing famous and less-than-famous artists, poets, musicians, writers, politicians, financiers and merchants of the time. Nicknamed the "Clodion of the 19th Century" both by his contemporaries and by Napoleon III, his romantic treasures were highly regarded and resulted in him being commissioned for many public monuments during the Second Empire. His work is prominently listed and catalogued in most major works on bronze sculptors of the period.
- Art Bronzes, Forrest, p. 472 (biography), also extensive photography of Carrier works
- Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century: Dictionary of Sculptors, Kjellberg, p. 189-92
- Bronzes: Sculptors and Founders, vol. II, Berman, p. 371 (featuring "Rembrandt" in 8.5" c. 1870 and in 18" high c. 1870, as well as a full figure of Rembrandt executed by Carrier-Belleuse)
Measurements: [Rembrandt] 11” H x 5” W x 5” D; [Dürer] 10 1/2” H x 6” W x 5” D
Dust and traces of verdigris oxidization in crevices. Light surface wear to original patina. Base edge of “Rembrandt” slightly out of round from light dent.