This bronzed metal sculpture was done by Emile Bruchon (1806 - 1895). The sculpture has very fine detail and is very well executed. It has a bronze patina over a metal alloy. The sculpture has a stamp on the back that says Made in France and a plaque on the front with "Daphnis par Bruchon" on the front. There is also an incised signature which is hard to read. The condition is fair, with as obvious flaw a repair to the raised arm and damage to the patina in that region.
Émile Bruchon was a quintessential Belle Époque French decorative artist known for his lamps, clocks, and bronze statuettes. Throughout his works he often chose to depict historical or mythological figures, such as the title character of Flaubert’s 1862 novel Salammbô. Bruchon’s work is characterized by finely detailed decorative motifs embedded in otherwise utilitarian objects. Little is known of his life, other than that he exhibited in Paris Salons during the 1880s, and that he was born in 1806 and died in 1895.
Measurements are: base diameter is 4 5/8" and overall height is 15".
Antique Bronzed Metal Sculpture of Daphnis By Bruchon