An Exceptional Example of a French Patinated Bronze Figural Group of a Satyr and a Nymph” after Claude Michel Clodion (1738-1814) in dark patination offered complete with its original well grained Sienna Marble circular stepped base. Mid Nineteenth Century.
The kneeling Satyr on integral naturalistic base carrying on his shoulders an inebriated Nymph scantily draped in cloth.
Clodion popularized this subject and created a number of variation of the theme.
Condition: Superb untouched condition, with Foundry signature Jules Graux Fonderie.
Height: (entire as image one) 15.5” (39.5cm). Diameter: (marble base) 8.75” (22cm).
The Jules Graux’s Foundry was based at 8 Rue du Parc-Royal from 1860, they exhidited at the last National Exhibition in Paris in 1849 and again Paris in 1855. At the London Exhibition of 1862 their entry was described as “Bronzes d’ameublement, cheminee et garniture de cheminee, Lustres, Vases, Statues, Groupes”
They are recorded as exporting 35% of their production and as having made bronzes for the Hotel de la Commission. They also contributed to the Paris Exhibition of 1867. By 1870 sons M Graux-Marly took over the business from their father and, from the onwards their works were stamped Graux-Marly or Graux-Marly Freres. The Foundry is renowned for producing high-quality bronze castings, chasing and gilding, including clocks, candelabra, statuettes and other fine decorative works of art.
The foundry also cast bronzes for many of the most renowned sculptors of the day, including Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875). James Pradier (1790-1852). Emmanuel Fremiet (1824-1910). Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1887).
This exquisite Bronze Group is a splendid early example which is stamped Jules Graux Foundry.