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Francois Girardon on Sale Now at Auction

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Francois Girardon (French 1628-1715)  Bronze

Lot 8: Francois Girardon (French 1628-1715) Bronze

Estimated Price: $15,000 - $25,000

Description: A classical bronze sculpture signed "Girardon 65" on the base, in very good condition, from an important Rhode Island family. 30.5" high, 16" wide, 17" depth, in very good condition. Giradon was born at Troyes, in the Champagne region of France. The son of a founder, Girardon early on attracted the notice of the chancellor of the Académie Royale, who supported his sojourn in Rome to study antiquities. After seeing Girardon's work on one of his first official commissions--carved decoration for Louis XIV's bedchamber at the palace of the Louvre--Charles Le Brun took him under his wing and continuously furnished Girardon with royal commissions. Girardon was given progressively more responsibility for the restoration of the king's antiques, the ornamentation of the ships in the royal fleet in Toulon, and the general planning and development of all royal sculptural commissions, including the decoration of the Louvre and the Dôme des Invalides. Meanwhile, Girardon rose through the ranks at the Académie Royale, ascending to the highest position as chancellor in 1695, a rare honor for a sculptor.

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