24 April 2008,
London, King Street
Price Realised GBP 2,000
A FRENCH BRONZE FIGURE ENTITLED 'JEUNE PECHEUR A COQUILLE'
CAST FROM A MODEL BY JEAN-BAPTISTE CARPEAUX, LATE 19TH CENTURY
The boy depicted kneeling at the shore, listening to a shell, on an octagonal naturalistic base inscribed 'J.B. CARPEAUX, ROME 1857', and with Propriété Carpeaux foundry cachet
13½ in. (34 cm.) high
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The sculpture of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) epitomizes the elegance and frivolity of the Second Empire. Carpeaux executed the plaster model of Jeune pecheur à coquille in 1857 whilst in Rome at the French Academy. When it was unveiled a year later in Paris the critic Edmond About acclaimed it as 'one of the most remarkable works of modern times.' Posthumous editions of Carpeaux's work were produced by his family during the last quarter of the 19th century bearing the Propriété Carpeaux cachet.
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Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 10 November 1980, lot 182.