"Décrotteur Arabe", bronze sculpture | Edouard Drouot
ITEM #: 908TUL11L
"DÉCROTTEUR ARABE" POLYCHROMED BRONZE SCULPTURE BY EDOUARD DROUOT (FRENCH, 1859-1945)
Signed "E. Drouot" to edge, sealed with "Bronze Garanti au Titre, Paris" editeur cachet
Item # 908TUL11L
A very fun cabinet bronze by Edouard Drouot, it is firmly rooted in the deep interest clients in England and France had in "The Orient". It is titled on the edge of the base "Décrotteur Arabe, Médaille, Beaux-Arts" and is an interesting study of a young Arab boy with his shoe polish kit hanging from his shoulder. He leans against an old tree stump with a broad grin on his face, presumably greeting pedestrians and trying to drum up some business. It is finished in a rich polychromed patina ranging from the warm hues of brown and golden hints of burnished bronze to the red-oxide chemical patination supplemented by stains and cold-painted red in his cap. The base bears the editeur cachet "Bronze Garanti au Titre, Paris" and a cold-stamped "SP" inside of a weight is a likely insignia for the founder responsible for the work.
Drouot's visions of Orientalism remain some of his most desirable and sought after works. This is a fun cabinet bronze that captures a touch of that cultural curiosity in a small size that allows it to be accessible and enjoyable without dominating a room.
Measurements: 13 1/8" H x 4 3/8" W x 4 5/8" D
Small casting flaw to the right of the foot; original polychromed patina with minor color variations, overall remaining in excellent condition. Cleaned, waxed and polished, in fine presentation-ready condition.