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    Sale 7569

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 183

    A FRENCH GILT AND PATINATED BRONZE FIGURE OF A NUBIAN WATER-CARRIER

    CAST BY GRAUX-MARLY, PARIS, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH GILT AND PATINATED BRONZE FIGURE OF A NUBIAN WATER-CARRIER
    CAST BY GRAUX-MARLY, PARIS, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The circular naturalistic and stepped base inscribed to the front GRAUX-MARLY
    54¼ in. (138 cm.) high


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    Orientalism, a western fascination with the exoticism of distant continents, was popularized by romantic notions of colonialism and theatrical representations of otherworldly opulence, such as the operas L'Africaine and Aïda. In sculpture it brought both a legitimate academic interest in ethnography and, in lending itself to the use of colour, was part of the reaction against the predominance of monochrome neo-classicism. The Nubian slave was a popular subject, and although this example is unsigned, it is characteristic of the best sculptors of the genre, notably Charles Cordier and Emile Guillemin, who, in their use of polychrome decoration, also played to the Second Empire's love of luxury.

    The Parisian fondeur Graux-Marly was established in 1845, winning a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1849 and a first-class medal for the bronzes d'art et d'ameublement six years later.

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    Pre-Lot Text

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