EUGENE AIZELIN (FRENCH, 1821-1902) BRONZE SCULPTURE OF VENUS BATHING, Inscribed Gautier & Albinet Editeur, Aizelin Sculpteur
Item # 603NPC24
A finely cast sculpture of Venus stepping into a bath after a model by Eugene Aizelin, this early casting is typical of works released during his lifetime - the chiseling and finishing work throughout is excellent. The same model edited by Gautier and Albinet was carried several times by Christies and Sotheby’s, a 50 cm model achieving $2753 at Christies, the same model previously selling for 1920 euros at Sotheby’s in 2004. The underside of the present model is foundry inscribed “CH 101 a”, generally a reference for the foundry’s internal inventory. The model is a most pleasing and serene example of a classical maiden.
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. 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.
Literature: "Bronzes, Sculptors and Founders", Berman (biography and notes); ”Bronzes of the 19th Century", Kjellberg, pg. 32; ”Grove Dictionary of Art", Turner
Measurements: 13 5/8” H x 4 1/4” W x approx. 5” D
Condition Report: Original patina with significant loss beneath wax. Surface discoloration.
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Eugene Aizelin French Bronze Sculpture of Venus, 19th Century