FRENCH ART DECO BRONZE SCULPTURE OF A VULTURE AFTER MAURICE PROST
Sealed with Thiebaut Freres foundry mark, signed M. Prost
Item # 704PRZ06A
This rare and fine gilded bronze sculpture of a prone Vulture is a striking work of impressionism, loosely capturing the essence of the bird with mottled features against a brilliant golden patinated surface. The high burnish of wax against smooth bronze is simply gorgeous. The figure is powerful and imposing with a curved beak and a fixed gaze. Along the right edge of the naturalistic base is the crisp signature and along the back edge is the foundry seal for Thiebaut Freres.
Maurice Prost was born in Paris in 1894, apprenticing under a sculptor at age fourteen. In December of 1914, the majority of his left arm was amputated after an accident, though he continued to sculpt despite the loss. He set up his first workshop in Rue E. Cresson in Paris and subsequently moved his shop in 1926 to Brunoy. The Exposition Universelle in 1937 proved a turning point in his career, at which he exhibited and was recognized for his sculpture of Pegasus and from which he received numerous large commissions - his two four meter sculptures of Pegasus were commissioned for the Bridge de l’Alma. From 1920 through 1930 he exhibited regularly at Salon des Artistes Fraçais, achieving honorable mention in 1922 and a silver medal in 1936. He exhibited in 1927 at the Susse Gallery in Paris, in 1930 at the Parisian Gallery of Edgar Brandt and at the Colonial Exposition in 1931. In 1933 he received the Légion d’Honneur and a large number of his works are held in the Brunoy museum.
Markings: stamped with circular founder's mark noting FUMIERE ET CIE SUC around the outside and across the middle THIEBAUT FRES PARIS
Measurements: 12” H [total] x 4 7/8” W x 4 7/8” D [marble base], 9” H x 7 1/2” D x 4” W [bronze]
Chip to front right edge of marble base. Oxidization in crevices and pits. Minor handling wear to original patina. Please scroll down to view all detailed images of this piece.