'David Vainqueur de Goliath'
'David Vainqueur de Goliath'
'David Vainqueur de Goliath'
'David Vainqueur de Goliath'
'David Vainqueur de Goliath'
'David Vainqueur de Goliath'
'David Vainqueur de Goliath'
'David Vainqueur de Goliath'
'David Vainqueur de Goliath'

MARIUS-JEAN-ANTONIN MERCIE (1845-1916)

'David Vainqueur de Goliath'

c. 1880 France

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'David vainqueur de Goliath' - A Fine Patinated Bronze Figure By Antonin Mercié, Cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne.

Rich brown patiantion with gold highlights, the base cast with a lozenge with the Hebrew for David and the base with a roundel for Réduction mécanique Collas.

The figure depicts the Biblical story of young David's final triumph over Goliath and is one of the most recognisable and celebrated sculptures of the nineteenth century.

Influenced by the works of Verrocchio and Donatello, the piece earned Mercié a first class medal as well as the rank of Chevalier de légion d'honneur at the Paris Salon of 1872.

The life size version of Mercié's David is in the permanent collection of the Museé D'Orsay (RF 186, LUX 74).


Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892) was the inspiration and driving force behind one of the most important French art foundries. He pioneered the use of mounts and, more commonly, bronze sculpture including figures and animals. Barbedienne produced catalogues of bronze reproductions of Greek and Roman classical sculpture and experimented with champlevé and cloisonné enamels during the third quarter of the century. Barbedienne exhibited several pieces of furniture at the 1855 Paris Exhibition including an ormolu mounted oak dressing table and an ormolu mounted ebony veneered bookcase. Both pieces were executed in his favoured Renaissance revival style for furniture. Furniture with mounts signed by Barbedienne is extremely rare.

The Barbedienne foundry handled the casting of numerous national monuments and architectural schemes. Ferdinand Barbedienne himself also took an active part in the promotion of contemporary sculpture and became one of the founders for David d'Angers' medallions as well as much of Rude's sculpture.

His signature varied from hand written capitals to stamp in capitals, usually 'F. Barbedienne, Fondeur' or 'BARBEDIENNE PARIS'.

In 1839 Barbedienne collaborated with the inventor Achille Collas who had succeeded in enlarging and reducing works of art to arbitrary sizes by a simple mathematical calculation, allowing the accurate reduction of classical and contemporary marbles for the purpose of reproduction in bronze. In 1850 Barbedienne was commissioned to furnish the Paris town hall for which he was awarded with the médaille d'honneur at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855.

Bibliography:
Barbedienne, Ferdinand. Catalogue des Bronzes d'art 1886.
Fonderie d'art Français: Val d'Osne, Fonderie de Tusey, Antoine-Louis Barye, Fonderie Rudier, Charles Crozatier, Ferdinand Barbedienne' Livres Groupe, (Paris), 2010.
Dimensions
Height 94.00 cm (37.01 inches)
Stock Code
B74243
Medium
Patinated bronze
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