Victor Etienne Simyan (1826-1886) L'Art 'Etrusque Bronze Sculpture
Our wonderful sculpture from an original model by Victor Etienne Simyan (1826-1886), entitled, L'Art 'Etrusque (Etruscan Art), depicts a seated female decorating a ceramic vase, with tamed lion laying beneath. 21 by 20 x 9 inches.
Inclusion of exotic imagery from far away lands, such as the lion on this piece, subject popular in the Orientalist period of the Etruscan civilization, 700-575 BC, when trade throughout the Mediterranean flourished. It exhibits the finest casting and finishing and has a warm brown patina. Fonder is unknown. It is mounted to a grey variegated marble plinth with noticeable losses to the underside on front and rear as seen in our images.
The artit was born in St. Gengoux in 1826, and studied with Jouffroy and Pradier. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from1855 through 1861 and won a third-place medal in 1857. Thereafter he moved to England where he established a workshop creating designs for Minton. The original of L'Art Etrusque was sculpted by Simyan in marble in 1863, and resides in the collection of Musee Calvet in Avignon, France.