Jean-Jules Salmson (French, 1823-1902) "Benjamin Franklin" Bronze
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"BENJAMIN FRANKLIN" IN BRONZE AFTER MODEL BY JEAN-JULES SALMSON (FRENCH, 1823-1902)
Titled "Franklin" front edge, signed "Vauvray Freres" and "Salmson Sculpt" verso; circa 1870-90
Item # 611PAN03W
An exceptional sculpture of bold dimensions and photographic realism in detail and execution, the work captures a standing Benjamin Franklin with hat and walking staff in hand; behind him a thick leaf of papers are pressed inside a clamp, clearly an homage to his beginnings as a printer where he eventually took over The Pennsylvania Gazette and led it to be the most successful newspaper in the Colonies. His face is captured in thought, his furrowed brow betraying a pensive demeanor while he considers his next move. The work is finished most exquisitely in a green patina with hints of reds and browns rubbing through, a complex color to achieve and most effective in the work. The work is titled along the front edge “Franklin” and is signed on the press “Salmson Sculpt”, an engraved signature of the foundry verso reading “Vauvray Freres”. Vauvray was well regarded throughout the last half of the 19th century for their skilled work in casting elements and sculpture for clocks.
Measurements: 25 1/2” H x 9” W x 8” D
Original patina with light handling wear; surface oxidization and discolorations as expected. Overall exceptional condition.