Antique Cupid Bronze Sculpture After Charles Gabriel Sauvage ( AKA Lemire )
This is an exceptionally cast, patinated and finely mounted bronze of <i>Love Adding a String to its Bow</i>, after the original model, circa 1814, by Charles Gagriel Sauvage (French, 1741-1827), known as Lemire. According to the Benezit, an original cast resides in the collection of the Louvre. (The Louvre website also shows two other Lemire bronzes in their collection which are entitled <i>Child Reading</i> and <i>Child Drawing</i>.) This cast dates from the fourth quarter of the 19th century and is in excellent condition with warm patina and original gilt surfaces. Signed in the cast on rear with no foundry marks visible on exterior. Depicted in this allegorical work is Cupid, seated on a draped block and holding bronze bow (gilded) and quiver (also gilded) at his feet. It is set upon a rouge marble pedestal with gilt metal ring. It measures 18.25 by 12 by 6.25 in (46.3 by 30.5 by 15.9 cm).