24 February 2000
A French parcel-gilt patinated bronze figure of 'Esmeralda'
Cast from a model by Edouard-Charles-Marie Houssin, Circa 1885
Dancing, holding a tambourine in the air, wearing a coin head-ban and necklace, in typical costume, a goat to her right, on a square carpet with letters forming the word PHOEBUS and inscribed E. Houssin, on a circular stepped base inscribed Beaux-Arts to the left
47¼ in. (120 cm.) high
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Born at Douai in 1847, Edouard Houssin (d. 1917) was a pupil of Millet and Jouffroy. From 1873 to 1914, he exhibited at the Salon where he was awarded several Medals.
He conceived his figure of Esmeralda in 1883.
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