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 Faun. Early 19th ct bronze figurine. Sculptor ?
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Posted - Dec 13 2019 :  02:12:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's an early 19th ct bronze Faun figurine on marble plinth. Not signed. No marks. H. 17.5 cm. Figurines like this one were mostly copies in reduced size of larger statues. Do you know the sculptor ?

Steffen Saabye

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Edited by - Golgatha on Dec 15 2019 03:43:02

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Posted - Dec 15 2019 :  13:18:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Barnebys.se say yours was one day sold at Belgian Auction House Saint-Job as one of a pair. Do you own just this one?:

These are usually called Grand Tour Bronzes, produced in Italy and France. They are mostly miniatures inspired not by a post-1500 artist but by sometimes bigger-than-life Roman bronzes, some found in Pompei, and made in the 1880s for British travelers visiting the Continent for the first time. They are never signed. More often than not they are not really cast of bronze, but of some other metal compound and somehow bronzed.

The Romans also made Fauns of similar size as yours, produced in the centuries just before and just after Christ. Both sport the same mini-horns and other characteristics: https://tinyurl.com/su9d4nb

Yet this particular posture would seem too sweet, endearing and romantic for Antiquity and your suggestion of a recent forerunner like Bouraine, Clodion or Laurel Pierre may prove correct. On your search, bear in mind that the Greek God Pan, Satyrs and Roman Fauns sometimes have identical iconography: same flute, same legs etc. Just my two cents...
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Posted - Dec 15 2019 :  15:15:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Many thanks arb for your answer. I only know of this one. I too thought of grand tour souvenirs, but wasn't able to find a similar sculpture from Antiquity. So I suspected a later sculptor, but whom ?

Steffen Saabye
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