Antique French Bronze Sculpture | Bust of "Daphnis" by Etienne Dumaige
ETIENNE HENRI DUMAIGE (FRENCH, 1830-1888) BRONZE BUST OF DAPHNIS
Circa late 19th century, signed H. Dumaige on edge of bust
Item # 705IQW14P
This powerful example of Romantic realism depicts a young female musician wrapped in an animal skin garment with a woodwind syrinx tucked in the knotting. She looks off into the distance, her head covered in a woven cap with her hair just barely falling on her uncovered shoulder. The crisp chiseling is excellent, the skin of the subject finished with perfect accuracy. The integral socle is titled in relief DAPHNIS and is signed along the proper left edge H. DUMAIGE.
- E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Vol. IV, Gründ, 2006, p. 1313-14; noting the Philadelphia sale of a model of Daphnis in 17 1/2” height for $ 4,000 USD
- Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century, P. Kjellberg, 1994, p. 302
Measurements: 10 1/2” W x 6” D x 17 1/2” H
Original patina with light wear to relief and minor trace verdigris oxidization. Overall excellent condition.