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    Sale 5444

    Town & Country Perspectives - The Charles Plante Collection

    4 June 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 381

    A PAIR OF FRENCH BRONZE BUSTS OF CHARLES PERCIER AND PIERRE FRANCOIS LEONARD FONTAINE

    CAST AFTER THE MODELS BY LOUIS MESSIDOR LEBON PETITOT, MID-19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF FRENCH BRONZE BUSTS OF CHARLES PERCIER AND PIERRE FRANCOIS LEONARD FONTAINE
    Cast after the models by Louis Messidor Lebon Petitot, mid-19th century
    Each inscribed with the artist's name to the front plinth and the artist's signature and respective dates 1839 and 1846
    9 in. (23 cm.) high (2)


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    Charles Percier (1764-1838) and Pierre Francois Leonard Fontaine (1762-1853) were French neo-classical architects, interior decorators and designers. Their close partnership developed the richly grand and archaeological version of neo-classicism recognised as the Directoire and Empire styles. This was translated into a number of books, most notably, Palais, maisons et autres edifices modernes dessines a Rome, Paris, 1798 and Recueil de decorations interieur comprenant tout ce qui a rapport a l'ameublement,, Paris, 1812.

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