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  • Emmanuel Villanis (French, fl. 1880-1920) Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture "Diane"

Art Nouveau Bronze Bust of "Diana" | Emmanuel Villanis

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"Diane", sealed with "Alberto Vignes Buenos Aires" importer seal, stamped "AP" & "6954"
Item # 130212ZHP15

This wonderful antique French bronze bust captures a proud and beautiful "Diane", the whole being of utmost quality in cast and completion. The dark-brown patina becomes nearly black in areas while employing a rusty oxidization to add surface depth across her body; her hair is given great depth and texture with an interesting patination that results in an almost "dusty" quality. The word "Diane" and the crescent in her hair are elevated from the overall form in a gilded patina. The back of the sculpture is sealed with the "Alberto Vignes Buenos Aires" importer seal, a seal associated almost exclusively with bronzes of singularly outstanding quality c. approximately 1880-1900 - likewise it bears a stamped inventory number and "AP".

Measurements: H: 22 7/8"; W: 14 1/2"; D: app. 7"

Condition Report:
Excellent condition - what appears to be oxidization and color variation is the fine original patina. Some oxidization to corners and crevices with some discoloration beneath the chin. Patina preserved under wax.