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Antique Pair Bronze Busts Jean Baptiste Lebroc Bacchante and a Satyr 19th C

Antique Pair Bronze Busts Jean Baptiste Lebroc Bacchante and a Satyr 19th C Sold
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A superb pair of bronze busts titled "Coul" and "Metz" with incised marks on square plinth bases, signed Lebroc to the rear, Jean Baptiste Lebroc (France, 1825-1870).

This is a simply outstanding original pair of bronze sculptures of incredible charm and remarkable execution, a pair that even the most discerning collector of classical french bronze sculptures will cherish for a lifetime.

The pair features Bacchante and a Satyr, a faun leering at a young Bacchante, or female follower of the Roman God Bacchus.

 

Condition:

In excellent condition and as seen in the accompanying photographs, the bronze pair displays beautifully.

Bacchante and a satyr

Dimensions in cm:

Height 35 x Width 21 x Depth 15 - Caul

Height 36 x Width 20 x Depth 13 - Metz

Dimensions in inches:

Height 1 foot, 2 inches x Width 8 inches x Depth 6 inches - Caul

Height 1 foot, 2 inches x Width 8 inches x Depth 5 inches - Metz

Jean Baptiste Lebroc attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and exhibited at Salon from the years of 1844 through 1867. Much of his work is mythological and classical in nature, regularly featuring the putto. 

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).

Satinwood

is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

Our reference: 09161