"IMAGIER, 15TH SIECLE" AFTER MODEL BY EMILE PICAULT
Circa late 19th century, patinated bronze
Item # C102901
This rare and very fine bronze sculpture after a model by Emile Picault captures a 15th century sculptor working on a small figure of a religious authority. Clearly a foundry man, he looks down on the small effigy in one hand while the other hand is tucked inside his smock with a chisel in hand. The small chisel allows him to detail the surface and bring it’s realism more fully to life, as clearly as done on the present example. Exquisite surface finishing is evident throughout every aspect of this fine sculpture, though particularly expressed in his facial features, the perfect smoothness and angularity of his flesh and the modeling of his garment. These complex elements are where the quality of a work is allowed to shine to it’s fullest, and the foundry work in the sculpture is simply excellent. A few sculptures of this model that have been offered in the last few decades have had a name plate affixed noting it’s title as Imagier, 15th Siécle. The present example features a crisp and perfect block script signature of E. Picault in the naturalistic base behind the feet.
For the serious collector of very fine Romantic period academic sculpture, this is an exquisite example that is very infrequently brought to the open market.
Measurements: 25 1/8” H x 9” W (arm to arm) x approx. 8” base diameter
Very fine original condition with an original patina; light discolorations to edges of base, very minor surface scratches, minor handling wear.