26 June 2007
Emile-Coriolan-Hippolyte Guillemin (French, 1841-1907)
Aide fauconnier indien, retour de chasse à la gazelle (Indian falconer returning from the gazelle hunt)
signed 'E le Guillemin' (on base)
43¼ in. (110 cm.) high
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Paris, Salon, 1881, no. 3963.
Paris, Salon, 1897, no. 3024.
Émile Guillemin was one of the most prolific and successful sculptors of the French Orientalist school. This charming bronze of a young falconer returning from the hunt is a fine example of how Guillemin adopted the use of polychrome decoration to enhance the ethnographic accuracy of the costumes and physiognomy of his subjects.
For a note on Guillemin and further examples of his polychrome Orientalist sculpture please see lot 84.
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