Armand LeVeel (French, 1821-1905) Military Antique Bronze Sculpture cast by Susse Freres(329 views)
ARMAND JULES LEVEEL (FRENCH, 1821-1905) FINE MILITARY ANTIQUE BRONZE
"32 EME Demi Brigade", stamped by Susse Freres foundry c. 1875
Item # 130012NPP15
Crisp and proud, this French soldier stands with the flag grasped firmly in his hand with his gaze firmly affixed along the horizon. The flag is impressed "UN CONTRE DIX", One Against Ten, a reference to the outstanding bravery of the 84th Regiment in the battle of Graz in 1809 where two battalions defended against the Austrians with casualties of only thirty-four to an approximate five-hundred Austrian casualties. This sculpture by LeVeel was cast in three editions by Susse Freres: 82 cm (32.3"), 37 cm (14.6"), and 17 cm (6.7") around the third quarter of the 19th Century. This sculpture in the 82 cm edition is held at Musee des Beaux-Arts Thomas Henry while the Beaux-Arts Museum of Bordeaux holds his 37 cm edition, this cast by Susse.
A student of Rude, LeVeel started exhibiting at Salon in 1850 - having a long career as a sculptor, he is most famous for the commissioned by Napoleon III to sculpt an equestrian group of Napoleon I, unveiled August 1858 at the Paris-Cherbourg railway in Cherbourg, Manche, France. In addition to sculpting, he also was curator of the Thomas Henry museum for a time, had a deep interest in archeology and an avid collector of faience. The present example is simply lovely - having a rich brown patina, well preserved throughout and of a deep glow, the precise chased and filed scrolling and flowing of garb is showcased at it's best. The level of detail throughout is quite impressive, his many dimensions of garb each executed with utmost realism and with a consistent leftward flow. While the scabbard is absent from the scene, originally affixed through the base at the back, it is actually not particularly detracting in our opinion. The soldier rests over a naturalistic base reading "32 EME Demi Brigade", "LEVEEL" and "Susse Freres".
For any serious collector of French bronzes of the 19th Century, this is a wonderful example - particularly for anyone passionate about military subjects and French patriotism. A very infrequent visitor to the open market, this bronze is of very fine execution and without doubt will be a highly enjoyable addition to any collection.
Scabbard for sword lacking, the tiny little hole where it once was secured through the base visible in slideshow images if you request them from us (available on our website); a very tiny discoloration is visible on the leg where it once rested. Sword a bit loose, the solder having deteriorated over time, though not currently a concern. Some patina wear to flag pole. There is other very minor patina wear, though none that is noteworthy beyond what is clear in the images. Overall outstanding condition, the missing scabbard notwithstanding.
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Dimensions: 14 11/16" high (37 cm) x approximately 6" wide x 4 5/16" deep
Artist or Maker: ARMAND JULES LEVEEL (FRENCH, 1821-1905), Susse Freres
Bronzes and Founders, vol II, Berman, p. 400, f. 1498 - "Demi Brigade 1794" by Susse c. 1875 at 16" height (shows the scabbard position)
Bronzes of the 19th Century, Dictionary of Sculptors, Kjellberg, p. 438
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