24 February 2009,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 4,375
Estimate GBP 2,500 - GBP 3,500
A FRENCH BRONZE MODEL OF 'DAVID VAINQUER'
CIRCA 1890, AFTER ANTONIN MERCIE (1795-1875), CAST BY BARBEDIENNE
Inscribed 'A.Mercie' and 'F.BARBEDIENNE.Fondeur Paris', also with 'REDUCTION MECANIQUE A.COLLAS BREVETE' roundel
29 in. (73.6 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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