From a resent estate sale of an Art Nouveau sculpture collector is this exquisite rare bronze bust of a Parisian Lady mounted on a raised tiered marble base by renowned French sculptor Auguste Moreau (1834-1917). Signed "Aug Moreau" to lower verso. C. 1870-1900.
This is a magnificent rare bust by Moreau and is in exceptional collector condition. Quality busts by Moreau are highly sought after by serious collectors and difficult to find offered for public purchase. When they are offered – they usually fetch a premium price – especially in this condition. This is one décor antique accent that you will simply love and not want to miss!
Auguste Moreau was born in Paris in 1834, the youngest son of sculptor and painter Jean-Baptiste Moreau. He studied with his father and also under Aimé Millet, Augustin Drumont and Jean Thomas. Each of the three Moreau brothers – Hippolyte, Marthurin and Auguste were all renowned for the quality and beauty of their figurative sculptures.
In 1861, Auguste made his debut at the Salon where he would exhibit regularly until 1913. His subjects were primarily young maidens sensuously clad in swirling diaphanous dress and usually decorated with flowers and birds or allegorical and genre scenes incorporating cupids and young children. His style was realistic and graceful, revealing his relation to the other members of the Moreau family. His compositions encapsulate a feeling of innocence whilst incorporating an air of mischievous game.
This Exquisite heirloom bust will make a stunning visual display regardless of where you choose to locate her. Her size, artistic detail that you expect from a Aug. Moreau bust, the wonderful condition, bronze patina and beautiful marble base – all make this a prized heirloom collectable. She would look wonderful on any desk, table, shelf, mantle, dresser, vanity, display cabinet, end table or her own place in any Victorian, Art Nouveau, European, French or Moreau sculpture collection.
In wonderful excellent condition with only very minute use and wear indicators.
Height: 9 ¼ inches Condition: Excellent - No Observed Damage - Only very minute minor use and wear indicators commensurable with her 100+ years age.
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