Description: After Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi
"Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette"
third quarter 19th century, inscribed "F. Barbedienne, fondeur" and with a "Reduction Mecanique/A Collas" foundry mark along edge of proper right side, cast signature and dated "1873" along edge of left side.
h. 27-1/2", w. 11-3/4", d. 9-1/2"
Notes: The original monumental sculpture of the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolutionary War, is in New York's Union Square Park. A gift of the French residents of the city, it is a suitably impressive figure, resting on an elaborate carved granite pedestal.
The sculptor of this work, Bartholdi, is most well-known for his "Liberty Enlightening the World" - colloquially "The Statue of Liberty", which is on Liberty Island in New York Harbor where it has grandly greeted visitors to th United States since its installation in 1886. This sculpture was also a gift of the French to the citizens of the United States.
Condition Report: **In overall very good condition. Scattered areas of rubbing, abrading, and small losses to surface, including proper right knee. Approx. 1/4" nicks at proper right coat edge and proper left elbow. Self-base with a few minor nicks at edges. Some soiling/accretions in more deeply modeled areas. All consistent with age, material and usage. Deep chocolate brown patina.
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