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A FRENCH BRONZE GROUP OF CUPID AND PSYCHE, cast from a model by Jean-Jules-Bernard Salmson, Cupid winged and lightly draped, Psyche turning towards her lover, their hands interlaced, standing on naturalistically cast ground, strewn with roses, a torch beside Psyche and a garlanded altar behind Cupid, signed J Salmson ft, and inscribed Raingo f.res, 19th Century

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A FRENCH BRONZE GROUP OF CUPID AND PSYCHE, cast from a model by Jean-Jules-Bernard Salmson, Cupid winged and lightly draped, Psyche turning towards her lover, their hands interlaced, standing on naturalistically cast ground, strewn with roses, a torch beside Psyche and a garlanded altar behind Cupid, signed J Salmson ft, and inscribed Raingo f.res, 19th Century
16 1/8in. (41cm.) high

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Jean-Jules-Bernard Salmson (1823-1902) was celebrated for his portraits of historical figures, mythological and oriental works. The present group is rare cast of a graceful composition of the two mythological lovers. A subject often treated in sculpture, Salmson has created an elegant ensemble in a neo-Mannerist style, enlivened by a fine attention to detail, such as the folds of drapery and roses.
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