A simply exquisite and rather rare cabinet bronze sculpture capturing the seated figure of Albrecht Durer, the level of attention to detail achieved in such a small footprint is noteworthy. We presently have a nearly full-size bust of Albrecht Durer in the shop by Albert Carrier-Belleuse and it is interesting just how similar the detailing is the face of both, despite the vast different in sizes. Behind his foot and resting against a naturalistic stump-like seat is presumably his collection of engravings, the cover titling the sculpture “Albert Durer”; the edge of the stump is signed Carrier Scpt. The original black acid patina is rather complex with hues of greens and hints of warm red undertones under wax. For any collector of fine cabinet bronzes, this is a rare and intriguing work of self-evident excellence.
ALBERT ERNEST CARRIER-BELLEUSE:
Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse apprenticed as an engraver at age thirteen beside the goldsmith Fauconnier in Paris, later being accepted into the Ecole des Beaux-Arts based on the endorsement of David d'Angers in 1840. His training became evident in his later work with bronzes, the minute and exceptional attention to small details required as a goldsmith eventually would give depth and life to his romantic sculptures. Exhibiting a keen interest in porcelain, he was eventually named the director of Works of Art at the Sevres porcelain factory in Paris in 1875, many of his works being then interpreted into painted scenes manufactured by the firm. Some of the most treasured works by Carrier-Belleuse is the extensive quantity of busts he produced, these capturing famous and less-than-famous artists, poets, musicians, writers, politicians, financiers and merchants of the time. Nicknamed the "Clodion of the 19th Century" both by his contemporaries and by Napoleon III, his romantic treasures were highly regarded and resulted in him being commissioned for many public monuments during the Second Empire. His work is prominently listed and catalogued in most major works on bronze sculptors of the period.
Art Bronzes, Forrest, p. 472 (biography), also extensive photography of Carrier works
Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century: Dictionary of Sculptors, Kjellberg, p. 189-92
Bronzes: Sculptors and Founders, vol. II, Berman
Measurements: 10 1/2” H x 6” W x 5” D
Condition Report: Dust and traces of verdigris oxidization in crevices. Light surface wear to original patina. Base edge of “Rembrandt” slightly out of round from light dent.