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  • Eugene Aizelin (French, 1821-1902) Bronze Bust of Mignon, Barbedienne
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Eugene Aizelin (French, 1821-1902) Bronze Bust of Mignon, Barbedienne

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Signed on shoulders “F. Barbedienne Fondeur Paris 575” “E. Aizelin” w/ “A. Collas” reduction seal
Item # 601YUN31P

An inordinately fine casting of Mignon by the foundry of Ferdinand Barbedienne, this gorgeous bronze bust retains it’s original partially gilded brown patinated surface. Mignon was originally sculpted as a seated maiden, the upper half retooled by Aizelin and cast by Barbedienne. Their 1886 catalog of bronzes (“Catalogue des Bronzes d’Art: F. Barbedienne””, p. 82) offers this bust in full size at 56 cm, this being a reduction not available in that edition of the catalog. The crisp tooling and chiseling cannot be overstated, her face perfectly formed and simply angelic. There is a certain determination in her features, this a depiction of a strong and capable young woman.

Measurements:  10 3/8” H (total), 8 7/8” H (figure) x 6” W (at shoulders) x 5” D (base depth and width)

Condition Report:
Marble base added. Original patina in exceptional condition, no flaws other than the very minor wear/discoloration expected from handling.