Jean Alexander Falguiere, French 1831-1900. Falguiere was very successful in his lifetime. He received numerous awards for his work which included the Exposition Universelle de Paris for sculpture in 1867. In 1868 he was awarded the medal of honour at the Salon and in 1878 he was appointed officer of the Legion of Honour. He was both a painter and sculptor but it was his sculptures that he is best known for.
The bronze sculpture, Bust of Diana was wildly popular during the late 19th Century. It is in in the collection of the Portland Art Museum and has been on exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It was issued in three sizes, the smallest, 6.5" high. This exquisite piece is 10.75" high by 6.5" wide, is mounted on a highly figured marble base. It is signed A. Falguiere and has the Thiebaut Freres foundry seal.