Eugène Aizelin (France, 1821-1902) Original Antique Bronze Sculpture, "Judith", stamped by Founder Thiebaut Freres, Paris, circa 1880-90
Item # 130303OFP13
This is an incredibly fine original antique sculpture by Eugène Aizelin of "Judith". One of the earliest casts of this subject by Eugène Aizelin is held at Musée d'Orsay, a very large bronze statue cast by Thiébaut frères with a height of 2.1 meters (RF 2222) dated 1889. "Judith" was originally exhibited at Salon de la Société des artistes français, Salon 108, Paris, France in 1890. This sculpture is of utmost quality, the level of detail captured of striking precision and realism. Standing at a full 28 3/8", it is necessarily a prominent part of whatever setting it joins in your home.
Judith stands proud and unapologetic after seducing and decapitating General Holofernes of the Assyrian Army, his head resting beneath her flowing garb; it is a fascinating biblical subject that has been captured by artists in hundreds of different sculptures and paintings starting in the Early Renaissance through the first years of the 20th Century.
Born in Paris, July 10th of 1821, Eugène Aizelin was a student of Etienne-Jules Ramey and Augustin-Alexandre Dumont at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 1844. Starting with his first successful debut in 1852, he pursued a fruitful and long fifty year career until his death in Paris, 1902. He is generally recognized for his contributions to biblical and mythological subjects, as well as operatic and genre scenes, actively producing many very successful works most commonly with the Ferdinand Barbedienne foundry. He received numerous commissions from the State and from the City of Paris for the decoration of public buildings, working on the three great Parisian building projects of the Second Empire (1851-70), the new Louvre, the Opera and the Hotel de Ville, as well as on theatres, the Parisian churches of the Trinity and Saint-Roch and other institutions. His works are documented in most major books on bronzes of the period, many of his pieces held today in museum collections, particularly in France.
This is a piece you will treasure in your collection for a lifetime, the deep dark brown patina of utmost quality and the overall presentation simply stunning. Resting over a gilt bronze mounted solid Rose marble base, of large and noteworthy size, this is a piece for very serious collectors of bronze works of the late 19th Century.
Literature: "Bronzes, Sculptors and Founders", Berman (biography and notes); "Bronzes of the 19th Century", Kjellberg, pg. 32; "Grove Dictionary of Art", Turner
Measurements: Marble base is 11 1/8" x 8 1/2"; Bronze base is 8 3/4" x 6 1/4"; height of bronze sculpture is 24 3/4"; total height of bronze including marble base is 28 3/8"
Condition Report: Light chipping to the marble base. Some patina discoloration and rubbed wear, though incredibly minor. Gilt mounts on base with trace oxidization and wear. Overall incredibly fine condition.
Item ID: 120009YRO30
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Period American Furniture, French Furnishings, Fine Nineteenth Century Art and Sculpture
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