Eugene Aizelin (French, 1821-1902) Antique Bronze Sculpture "Psyche" Barbedienne
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EUGENE AIZELIN (FRENCH, 1821-1902) ANTIQUE BRONZE SCULPTURE "PSYCHE"
"F. Barbedienne Fondeurs" w/ Collas reduction seal en verso
Impressed "Ene. Aizelin. Fit. 1863"
Item # 1406PPD16Z
This sculpture by Eugene Aizelin was originally offered by F. Barbedienne in six editions: 129 cm at 3,000 (franc), 86 cm at 1,000, 76 cm at 675, 51 cm at 400, 43 cm at 275, 31 cm at 200 and 25 cm at 150. The original sculpture in marble is held in the collection of the Luxembourg in Paris. The detail in this cast by Barbedienne is absolutely pristine, each aspect of her figure and garb perfectly chased and filed into a near photographic representation. Probably executed by Barbedienne in the last years of the 19th century, the sculpture remains in pristine condition. For serious collectors of fine French bronze sculptures, particularly subjects of Romanticism, this is a positively exceptional acquisition.
Notes & Further Reading:
- Catalogue Bronzes D'Art F. Barbedienne, Paris, 1886 edition, p. 42
- Bronzes, Sculptors and Founders, Berman (biography and notes)
- Bronzes of the 19th Century, Kjellberg, pg. 32
Measurements: 16 3/8" high x 7" deep (base) x 6 5/16" wide (base)
Light patina wear and discoloration throughout, as expected from regular handling. Light oxidization to base. Some grime under wax in crevices. Overall exceptional condition.