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Antoine-Louis Barye Petit Fou De Rome Bronze

$ 1,200
  • Description
    Antoine-Louis Barye (French, Paris 1795–1875 Paris)
    Roman Jester (Petit fou de Rome)
    modeled probably circa 1874, executed after 1875

    Measure: Height 6.25 inches

    Condition: Very good!

    Barye's model of Le Petite Fou de Rome, or Roman Jester, is an interesting sculpture that was created circa 1874 and cast in bronze a short time later.

    Both Ballu and Pivar in their books suggest that Barye cast this model directly from an authentic Tanagra figurine, which would explain the fact that none of these sculptures are signed. That also would coincide with the 1870s excavations in the Boeotian city of Tanagra when large numbers of these figures were discovered, and they would have caught Barye’s interest.

    These small Fou de Rome bronzes were not cast in large numbers and do not come up for sale often. Some were cast by Barbedienne foundry but most of them have no foundry mark at all.

    AVANTIQUES is dedicated to providing an exclusive curated collection of Fine Arts, Paintings, Bronzes, Asian treasures, Art Glass and Antiques. Our inventory represents time-tested investment quality items with everlasting decorative beauty. We look forward to your business and appreciate any reasonable offers. All of our curated items are vetted and guaranteed authentic and as described. Avantiques only deals in original antiques and never reproductions. We stand behind our treasures with a full money back return if the items are not as described.

    These figures also appealed to Barye's friend the great Orientalist artist Jean-Leon Gerome. In his sculpture titled Tanagra, Gerome depicted a seated woman with Tanagra figures on her hand and strewn around her feet. One of the figures peering out of the ground is that of Le Petit Fou de Rome.

    Please also consider Avantique’s eclectic bronze collection including Barye, Barrias, Mene, Moigniez, Paillet, Paillard, Fratin, Picault, and Cain among others. We strive to collect the highest quality sculptures in exceptional condition.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (similar item)
    Origin: France
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Bronze, Cast.
    Condition: Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
    Creation Date: 1874
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 631757
  • Dimensions
    W. 2.75 in; H. 6.25 in; D. 2 in;
    W. 6.99 cm; H. 15.88 cm; D. 5.08 cm;
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