From a fine New Orleans estate sale is this magnificent and extremely rare large original Art Nouveau mixed cast metal bust of “DIANA” by Emmanuel Villanis (1858-1914). An extremely rare version of Diana with her long hair draped over her nude left shoulder and her crescent moon to the fore front of her hair. She is presented on her renowned raised integral plinth. Signed “E. Villanis” to her left shoulder area. Featured in Founders, Sculptors & Founders by Harold Berman in Vol III. C. 1890-1910
This great original collector’s heirloom art piece is difficult to find in any medium or condition – much less in this great collectors condition. She is exactly what you expect from Villanis: the fine facial features, feminine quality, detailed attire and the deep scalloped eyes. This is the rarest of Villanis’s multiple versions of Diana. The finish on this beautiful art piece is a dark blackened aged green tone as this great bust is noted for. As is the case with many of Villanis' works this great bust is featured in Founders, Sculptors & Founders by Harold Berman in Vol III. This is a solid wonderful Villanis piece that weighs in at approximately 14.2 lbs.
Emmanuel Villanis (1858 - 1914) was born in Lille, December 12, 1858 of Italian parents. After the proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy, in March 1861, the family returned to their country and settled in Piedmont. From 1871 to 1880 Emmanuel Villanis was a student at the Academy of Fine Arts Albertina in Turin where he studied with master sculptor Odoardo Tabacchi (1831-1905). Upon his graduation, he exhibited his first works in several cities in Italy. In 1885, Emmanuel Villanis finally returned to France to live and work in Montmartre, a district of Paris which he did not leave until his death on August 28, 1914. In the nineteenth century, exhibiting at the Salon des Artistes was vital for a sculptor in terms of getting known and gaining commissions. Between 1886 and 1910, Villanis participated eleven times at the Salon. His seventeen sculptures exhibited during this time frame is indicative of the popularity of his art work. Villanis is today recognized as one of the foremost sculptors who worked in the Art Nouveau period.
This great heirloom art piece will display magnificently and garner attention regardless of where you choose to locate her. She would look wonderful on a table, desk, library, mantle, shelf, display cabinet or simply stand- alone that will showcase grandly. They would be a perfect addition to any French, European or Art Nouveau décor and would anchor any Art Nouveau sculpture or Villanis collection. This renowned bust has widely documented in collector and auction venues having been sold by such renowned art houses as Bonhams and Christie’s.
Height: 16 1/2 Inches Width: 9 inches Depth: 6 inches Weight: 14.2 lbs Condition: Fine - Very Nice – No Damage - Only very minor age indicators or wear that only adds character to her 100+ years. Wonderful natural aged patina.
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