Aime Millet (French, 1819-91) Bronze Sculpture of Vercingetorix(235 views)
AIMEÂ MILLET (FRENCH, 1819-1891) BRONZE SCULPTURE OF VERCINGEÂTORIX
A very rare 29" reduction, c. 1875
Signed on the base "Aime Millet SC MDCCCLX" and "BUSSON LEROUX"
Item # 409GEP06W
Millet's rendering of the ancient Gaulish leader, Vercingetorix was commissioned as a colossal statue by Napoleon III and installed in Alise-Sainte-Reine, France in 1865. The work is only catalogued to have been reduced to 53 cm (22") with some variation for the type of base, and while that is a mostly rare reduction isolated mostly to museum installations, the present example is cast in a very rare and substantial size of 29" (74 cm). The level of detail is exquisite, each tiny aspect of the full size example captured faithfully, including the rosehead button decorations of his leather breastplate, the complex chasing and filing of the sword and knife, his bold and very strong features and the wild flow of his windblown locks. The patina is deep and translucent, the upper 3/4 untouched and original with blends of brown, ruby and black peaking through the well preserved surface. Due to significant water damage, we had the patina in the lower 1/4 of the sculpture professionally conserved and blended - if we didn't mention it, it would likely go unnoticed, as the work was exceptionally well handled. The circular base is signed along the edge. For the serious collector of Romantic sculpture, this is an unusually fine and exceedingly rare example with an energy and presence that is inspiring.
Lower 1/4 patina restored, the upper 3/4 with untouched original patina. Minor verdigris oxidization in crevices, light patina loss to finger. Some pitting in the flow of the robes and here and there. Overall in exceptional restored condition.
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Dimensions: 29" H, base diameter 10 1/4" x 10 5/16
Artist or Maker: AIMEÂ MILLET (FRENCH, 1819-1891)
Bronzes: Sculptors and Founders, 1800-1930, Vol. III, Berman, p. 704, f. 2570 - showing Vercingetorix in 22" with a square base over marble
Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century: Dictionary of Sculptors, Kjellberg, p. 495 - with some discussion of reductions
Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Grund, Vol. IX, p. 996-7 - biographical information
Medium: Patinated Bronze
Date: Circa 1875
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