EUGENE AIZELIN (FRENCH, 1821-1902) ANTIQUE BRONZE SCULPTURE "PSYCHE"
"F. Barbedienne Fondeurs" w/ Collas reduction seal en verso, Impressed "Ene. Aizelin. Fit. 1863"
Item # 1406PPD16Z
This sculpture by Eugene Aizelin was originally offered by F. Barbedienne in six editions: 129 cm at 3,000 (franc), 86 cm at 1,000, 76 cm at 675, 51 cm at 400, 43 cm at 275, 31 cm at 200 and 25 cm at 150. The original sculpture in marble is held in the collection of the Luxembourg in Paris. The detail in this cast by Barbedienne is absolutely pristine, each aspect of her figure and garb perfectly chased and filed into a near photographic representation. Probably executed by Barbedienne in the last years of the 19th century, the sculpture remains in pristine condition. For serious collectors of fine French bronze sculptures, particularly subjects of Romanticism, this is a positively exceptional acquisition.
Born in Paris, July 10th of 1821, Eugene 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.
Notes & Further Reading:
Catalogue Bronzes D'Art F. Barbedienne, Paris, 1886 edition, p. 42
Bronzes, Sculptors and Founders, Berman (biography and notes)
Bronzes of the 19th Century, Kjellberg, pg. 32
Measurements: 16 3/8" high x 7" deep (base) x 6 5/16" wide (base)
Condition Report: Light patina wear and discoloration throughout, as expected from regular handling. Light oxidization to base. Some grime under wax in crevices. Overall exceptional condition. Please review all images in the slideshow for a full overview of condition.
Item ID: 1406PPD16Z
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