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L'Allégro Bronze Sculpture After Gregoire

L’Allegro Bronze Sculpture After Gregoire | Ref. no. 03576 Sold

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Dating from the last quarter of the 20th century, this is a delightful bronze sculpture of two dancing women in classical garb. They are dancing Bacchante, one holding a vine wrapped staff and the other holding a tambourine in raised arms above her head.

There is a putto with a horn at their feet and they stand on a naturalistically cast circular base mounted on a marble stand.

This wonderful bronze sculpture is a recast of an original called L’Allegro made by the famous 19th century French sculptor Jean-Louis Gregoire.

This bronze statue has been produced using the traditional ‘lost wax’ method.


This bronze sculpture is in excellent condition. This can be confirmed by a careful review of the photographs.

More About Jean-Louis Gregoire

Gregoire was born and died in Paris. He trained under Salmson at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1867. He went on to become one of the first Associates of the Artistes Francais.

L’Allegro is one of the several groups executed by Gregoire that takes music as their theme. The work has affinities with works by Salmson in which two figures are depicted in movement. Other musical themed work includes a figure of Mozart as a child tuning his violin and ‘Un Artiste au XVII Siecle’ also portraying a violinist.

More About The ‘Lost Wax’ Method of Bronze Sculpture Casting

Used by most societies all over the globe, bronze sculptures have been created by this means ever since the 3rd millennium BCE.

The approach uses a wax model of the item to be cast, which is then covered in plaster or clay to create a mold. Once the mold is set, the wax is heated and run off. If a hollow bronze sculpture is called for then the wax model is built around a heat proof core. Molten bronze is poured into the mold and left to set. Once the metal has cooled enough, the mold is broken open to reveal the bronze sculpture inside.

More Details and Viewing Arrangements

When dealing with bronze sculptures of this high quality it is usually better to view them in person. Nonetheless we appreciate that this is not always achievable.

With this in mind, you are encouraged to email us or call us by using the contact details indicated above with any questions you might have about this delightful bronze sculpture. We would also be pleased to setup a viewing of this and our various other bronze sculptures at our North London warehouse. Please email us or call for an appointment, quoting our reference as shown above so we know which of our various bronze sculptures you are alluding to.

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Dimensions in cm:

Height 58 x Width 25 x Depth 20 & Weight 12.55 kg

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 11 inches x Width 10 inches x Depth 8 inches & Weight 27.7 lbs

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).


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Our reference: 03576