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    Sale 5923

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    12 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 355

    A FRENCH BRONZE AND PARCEL-GILT MODEL OF 'DAVID VAINQUER'

    CIRCA 1890, CAST BY F.BARDENIENNE, PARIS, AFTER ANTONIN MERCIE (1795-1875)

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH BRONZE AND PARCEL-GILT MODEL OF 'DAVID VAINQUER'
    CIRCA 1890, CAST BY F.BARDENIENNE, PARIS, AFTER ANTONIN MERCIE (1795-1875)
    Inscribed 'A.MERCIE' and 'F.BARBEDIENNE.Fondeur', the underside with an applied paper label 'THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO SMART GALLERY'
    34 in. (86.4 cm.) high


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    Mercie's David earned the artist a first class medal as well as the rank of Chevalier de legion d'honneur at the Paris Salon of 1872.
    The life size version of Merci's David is in the permanent collection of the Musee D'Orsay, Paris.

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    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Provenance

    Previously on loan to the University of Chicago, Smart Gallery.