"Pax et Labor", bronze sculpture | Émile Louis Picault
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"PAX ET LABOR" BRONZE SCULPTURE CAST AFTER EMILE LOUIS PICAULT
Patinated bronze, signed in cast "Picault", signed to edge "A Basset editeur"; cold-stamped verso 800J
Item # 905VFP16A
A very fine late 19th century casting of "Pax et Labor", or Peace and Labor in patinated bronze cast after a model by Emile Louis Picault. The work is signed in script "Picault" and is also signed by the editeur "A. Basset" along the edge of the base. While an "editeur" would at times function as the foundry for the works it oversaw, their primary focus was both curator and marketer for the sculpture they had rights to. In the present example, it is difficult to ascertain if Basset was involved in the foundry process, but regardless the quality of execution is second to none.
The study fleshes out studious and intense labor as the source of peace, drawing from a strong heroic figure that would be as comfortable in battle as he is shaping iron. Note the exquisite chiseling of all aspects of the figure against the flawlessly finished skin surfaces throughout. This is an exquisite selection that remains in fine original condition throughout.
Literature & Further Reading:
- E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Vol. X, Gründ, 2006, p. 1368
- Art Bronzes, Michael Forest, p. 481 [biographical listing]
- Bronzes: Sculptors & Founders 1800-1930, Harold Berman, vol. II, p. 378, f. 1396 [present figure noted at a height of 32", medium brown patination, circa 1880]
Measurements: 29" H x 9" W x 13" D
Minor handling wear to original patina. Cleaned, waxed and polished - in fine presentation-ready condition.