A large patinated bronze figure of Achilles on Skyros by Susse Frères, Paris

SUSSE FRÈRES, PARIS (worked from 1758)

A large patinated bronze figure of Achilles on Skyros by Susse Frères, Paris

19th century France

Offered by Mayfair Gallery Ltd.

£22,000 gbp
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After the model by Philibert Vigier (French, 1655-1739)
Depicting the full length figure of Achilles standing side on drawing his sword from its sheath with his right hand, on a square base.

The original model in marble by Philibert Vigier was excecuted in 1695 for the gardens of the Chateau de Versailles, where it is still on view.
The story of Achilles on Skyros from Greek mythology presents Achilles being disguised as a woman and hidden on the island of Skyros by his mother, knowing that he would be destined to die if he fought in the Trojan War. He was hidden among the daughters of King Lycomedes. Sent to find Achilles, the Greek chieftains Ulysses and Diomedes disguised themselves as merchants. As they hoped, Achilles gave himself away by snatching up a sword that they had concealed in their chests of jewelry and clothing.
The Susse Frères Foundry started casting bronzes in 1839 by brothers Michel Victor Susse and Amedee Susse. The foundry published a six page catalogue of sculpture in that year. They produced sculptures in bronze as well as parts for furniture and clocks. Susse Frères collaborated with several French sculptors to produce their editions. Michel Victor Susse died in 1860 leaving Amedee as the sole director of the foundry until 1880 when Albert Susse became the director. At the turn of the Century Susse Freres opened a large new retail shop at 13 Boulevard de Madeleine, Paris. The company continued to be run by Susse family members until the 1970's.
Height 100.00 cm (39.37 inches)
Width 40.00 cm (15.75 inches)
Depth 30.00 cm (11.81 inches)
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Patinated bronze
The base signed 'Philb Vigier / Molinensis' and with foundry inscription 'Susse Fres Edt Paris'
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