Eugene Aizelin (French, 1821-1902) Bronze Bust of Mignon, Barbedienne(238 views)
A BARBEDIENNE BRONZE BUST OF MIGNON AFTER EUGENE AIZELIN (FRENCH, 1821-1902), Signed on shoulders "ÂÂF. Barbedienne Fondeur Paris 575"ÂÂ "ÂÂE. Aizelin"ÂÂ w/ "ÂÂA. Collas"ÂÂ reduction seal
Item # 601YUN31P
An inordinately fine casting of Mignon by the foundry of Ferdinand Barbedienne, this gorgeous bronze bust retains it"ÂÂs original partially gilded brown patinated surface. Mignon was originally sculpted as a seated maiden, the upper half retooled by Aizelin and cast by Barbedienne. Their 1886 catalog of bronzes ("ÂÂCatalogue des Bronzes d"ÂÂArt: F. Barbedienne"ÂÂ"ÂÂ, p. 82) offers this bust in full size at 56 cm, this being a reduction not available in that edition of the catalog. The crisp tooling and chiseling cannot be overstated, her face perfectly formed and simply angelic. There is a certain determination in her features, this a depiction of a strong and capable young woman. Born in Paris, July 10th of 1821, Eugene Aizelin was a student of Etienne-Jules Ramey and Augustin-Alexandre Dumont at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 1844. Starting with his first successful debut in 1852, he pursued a fruitful and long fifty year career until his death in Paris, 1902. He is generally recognized for his contributions to biblical and mythological subjects, as well as operatic and genre scenes, actively producing many very successful works most commonly with the Ferdinand Barbedienne foundry. He received numerous commissions from the State and from the City of Paris for the decoration of public buildings, working on the three great Parisian building projects of the Second Empire (1851-70), the new Louvre, the Opera and the Hotel de Ville, as well as on theatres, the Parisian churches of the Trinity and Saint-Roch and other institutions. His works are documented in most major books on bronzes of the period, many of his pieces held today in museum collections, particularly in France.
Measurements: 10 3/8"ÂÂ H (total), 8 7/8"ÂÂ H (figure) x 6"ÂÂ W (at shoulders) x 5"ÂÂ D (base depth and width)
Condition Report: Marble base added. Original patina in exceptional condition, no flaws other than the very minor wear/discoloration expected from handling.
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Artist or Maker: EUGENE AIZELIN (FRENCH, 1821-1902), F. Barbedienne
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