Pair of Bronze Ladies with Amphora Bottles A. Carrier
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A truly stunning pair of bronze sculptures set on solid marble bases by the lost wax or cire perdue process. They are high quality recasts of sculptures by A. Carrier.The sculptures depict two classical ladies in robes holding tall amphora bottles on their shoulders.
These two ladies are adorned in long and flowing gilded classical dresses typical of ancient Greece or Rome.
Suitable for display inside or outside,there aresure toattract attention wherever they are placed.
They bear the replica signatures of A.Carrier.
Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse was a student ofDavid d'Angersand briefly at thecole des Beaux-Arts. His career is distinguished by his versatility and his work outside France: in England between 1850 and 1855(working forMintons), and in Brussels around 1871. His name is perhaps best known becauseAuguste Rodinworked as his assistant between 1864 and 1870. The two travelled toBrusselsin 1871,and by some accounts Rodin assisted Carrier-Belleuse's architectural sculpture for theBrussels Stock Exchange.
Carrier-Belleuse made manyterra cottapieces, the most famous of which may beThe Abduction of Hippodameiadepicting the Greek mythological scene of acentaurkidnapping Hippodameia on her wedding day. He was also made artistic director at theManufacture nationale de Svresin 1876.
As a painter he produced many portraits and landscapes on theCte d'Opale, northern sea-borders facing England, chiefly in the village ofAudresselles. In 1862 Carrier-Belleuse was one of the founding members of theSocit Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and was made an Officier of theLgion d'honneur.He was also the father and teacher ofLouis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse.
Lost Wax Method - sometimes called by the French name of cire perdue or the Latin, cera perduta is the process by which a bronze or brass is cast from an artists sculpture.In industrial uses, the modern process is called investment casting. An ancient practice, the process today varies from foundry to foundry, but the steps which are usually used in casting small bronze sculptures in a modern bronze foundry are generally quite standardised.
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