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  • "Comedie & Tragédie", pair of bronze busts | Eugene Laurent
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"Comedie & Tragédie", pair of bronze busts | Eugene Laurent

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BRONZE BUSTS OF "COMEDIE" AND "TRAGEDIE" AFTER MODELS BY EUGENE LAURENT
Unsigned, circa 1885; patinated bronze on original pink marble socles incised with titles
Item # 903KIU21P 


A rare and exceptional pair of bronze busts by Eugene Laurent, both are unsigned but the pair were catalogued with signature in Berman's work.  The casting quality is above reproach, each exquisitely finished with vivid detailing of the surfaces.  The nearly black chemical patina is original and untouched while the relief and accessories are burnished into a high shine to create a gilding effect.  Both rest over their original variated pink marble socles, these incised and gilt-highlighted to read "Comedie" and "Tragedie".

They are a deeply moving and powerful pair of busts.

Literature & Further Reading:

  • "Bronzes: Sculptors and Founders, 1800-1930, Vol. IV", Harold Berman, 1980, pl. 3817-3818, p. 989 [noted at 12" height]

Measurements: [Comedie] 19" H [total] approx. 13" H [figure] x 9" W x 5 3/4" D; [Tragedie] 18 1/4" H [total] approx. 12" H [figure] x 8 1/2" W x 5 3/4" D

Condition Report:
In exceptional original condition.  Thin hairline cracks to pink marble (specifically the veneered lower edge of Comedie).  Small chips to edges/corners of marble bases.  Handling wear to patina on relief.  Original chemical patination with burnished highlights.