Offered for sale is a magnificent pair of matching 19th century Elizabethan style busts by French sculptor Ernest Rancoulet (1870-1915.) With an almost flawless patina that is original to the pieces and exceptional casting, these life-size busts are some of the finest we've seen. Both are inscribed with the artist's signature and are original castings. They came out of a very fine Estate collection and are accompanied by matching custom made burled walnut stands made by the firm of Gillows & Co., of London. The stands showcase the bronzes to their best advantage. Stunning together, they are selling as a pair, we wouldn't dare separate them after all these years.
Ernest Rancoulet was a 19th century artist of immense talent, whose sculptures are listed in books and showcased in museums and private collections the world over. It is a rare find to locate one piece, almost impossible to have a matching pair.
Bust of Elizabethan Lady, size 29 ½" H x 15" W x 10" D (square pedestal base)
Bust of Elizabethan Man, size 29" H x 15" W x 10" D (Square pedestal base)
Walnut Pedestal, size 34" and 34 ½" H (respectively) x 16 ½" D x 14" W
Bust and Pedestal Lady, size 63 ½" H
Bust and Pedestal Man, size 63 ½" H