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Jean-Baptiste (called Auguste) Clesinger, French 1814-1883, Silvered Bronze Bust Of Ariadne,

"Jean-Baptiste (called Auguste) Clesinger, French 1814-1883, Silvered Bronze Bust Of Ariadne, "
Signed J. CLESINGER on a shoulder and with foundry cachet to the back for Maison Marnyhac, 1 rue de la Paix.

The present bust is a sensuous rendering of Ariadne. It can be identified as Ariadne by the starry crown, which was fetched by Theseus from Thetis’ palace under the sea and later thrown amongst the stars by Bacchus as the Corona Borealis. An important example of French Romantic sculpture, the Egyptianate costume in the necklace and jewelled bodice suggests it is developed from Clésinger’s statue ofCleopatraexhibited at the Salon of 1869. The sensuous treatment of the female nude is characteristic of Clésinger, who took pride in carving his own marbles, unlike mostateliersculptors of the period (P. Fusco/H. W. Janson,“The Romantics to Rodin”, Los Angeles County Museum, 1980 p. 175).
Auguste Clésinger was famous for his mythological, historical, and allegorical busts of which numerous were exhibited at the Salons.
Clésinger’s erotic female busts were considered shocking by his contemporaries, demonstrating his ability to render beautiful and sensuous women in a realistic manner.

Estignard,Clésinger: sa vie et ses oeuvres, Paris, 1900, p.168.
R. de Gourmont,Clésinger: Notice Biographique, Catalogue des Oeuvres, Paris, 1903, p. 21.
Price : $1,000
Artist : Jean-baptiste (dit Auguste) Clesinger
Period: 19th century
Style: Orientalism
Condition : Very good condition, marble plinth slightly worn

Material : Silvered bronze
Length: 8cm
Width : 8cm
Height : 22.5cm

Reference : 1130
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