Improvvisatore by Duret
Improvvisatore by Duret
Improvvisatore by Duret
Improvvisatore by Duret
Improvvisatore by Duret
Improvvisatore by Duret

Improvvisatore by Duret

c. 1850 France

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A bronze figure of 'Improvvisatore' after the work by Francisque Joseph Duret. The semi-clad Neapolitan youth playing a mandolin, his head leaning forward and his hair dressed with fruiting vines, the coopered grape pickers barrel inscribed with the artist’s signature. With a rich, fine brown patina to the skin and a deeper brown patina to his shorts and the barrel. On a square base stamped ‘DELAFONTAINE’ for the foundry which produced decorative works of art of the highest quality and was one of the most renowned of all the Parisian foundries.
Francisque Joseph was born in Paris in 1804 and was both the son and pupil of Francois Joseph Duret the elder (1732-1816). He enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1818 where he studied under Bosio and exhibited at the salon from 1831 to 1863 winning a first class medal in 1855. He is best known for his monuments and statuary which were executed in stone and marble but it was his bronze output which included numerous bronzes illustrating Neapolitan life.
French circa 1850.
17 inches high.
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2370
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