"Bust of a Gallic Warrior", bronze sculpture | Albert Froger
ITEM #: 911EAS18P
POLYCHROMED BRONZE BUST OF "GALLIC WARRIOR" BY ALBERT FROGER
Signed "A Froger" along integral socle
Item # 911EAS18P
A fascinating piece with a gorgeous polychromed patina with a mixture of chemical patinas, stains and pigments to create a vibrant surface rich with ruby hue skin and oxidized bronze garment. The bust depicts a Gaul warrior prepared for battle with a helmet protecting his head with shell and rosette embellishments within flanking relief horns. He wears a cape over a chainmail breastplate. With calculating eyes totally devoid of fear fixed in the distance, he looks to a difficult future with determination and a head held high.
While relatively little is known about the life of Alfred Froger, the Parisian sculptor is recorded as making his debut at Salon in 1881 where he received an honourable mention in 1889. The work is signed along the edge of the socle "A Froger".
Finely cast, expertly chased and chiseled and retaining a glowing and complex patina, the bust makes a powerful statement piece.
Literature & Further Reading:
- E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Vol. VI, Gründ, 2006, p. 1128
Measurements: 13 3/4" H x 6 1/2" D x 9" W
Fine original patina in excellent condition. Some discoloration to helmet, loss to patina on right edge of socle (beneath signature), other very minor handling wear.