Bronze by Carrier-Belleuse "Melodie", French school.

Bronze with green and brown patina proof, cast iron dates back to the end of XIXth century. Titled on a plate : "Harmonie par Carrier-Belleuse". Medal of Honor at the Salon. Signed on base : Carrier-Belleuse.

About the artist

Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse ( Aisne , June 12, 1824 - Sèvres ,June 4, 1887 ) He has been nicknamed "the XIXth century Clodion", but this comparison with the well-known sculptor was not a compliment for everyone. After his centerpiece made for the Païva in 1867, the brothers Goncourt called him "the shoddy worker of the XIXth century", "the Claudion imitator". Let us look into it. As a child Carrier-Belleuse came to Paris and at the age of thirteen began apprentice of a chaser called Bauchery. He then worked with the goldsmith Fauconnier and the brothers Fannières (goldsmiths too.). In 1840 thanks to David d'Angers' support, he entered the School of the Beaux-Arts but the official education didn't suit him very well. He was more interested into decorative art, followed classes of the Petite Ecole and began to exhibit at the Salon in 1850 with two bronze medaillons. In 1851, he was hired by the English manufacture of Porcelain Minton China Work in Staffordshire. There he created models and runned a drawing school until 1855. Back in Paris he came back at the Salon in 1857. His popularity was growing rapidly. He worked in Paris for the Saint Augustin Church, the Tuileries, the Louvre museum, the City Hall, the Opera, the French Theater; the bankrupcy court, the Vichy casino... He also sculpted the graceful caryatids on the Bank of France's front, the Masséna statue in Nice, the Dumas senior statue in Villiers-Cotterêts, the General San Martino statue in Buenos Aires' cathedral. Exceptionally productive - "almost a sculpting machine" as Edouard Lockroy in the journal "The Artist" in 1865- he is also the maker of lots of busts, small groups, statuettes, hisorical or contemporary figures, nudes, allegories, genre sculptures and ornaments, candelabras, vases, pieces of furniture which were for all of them very sought-for under the French Second Empire. Paul Mantz wrote that Carrier had been for a long time the tireless craftsman of the smiling elegances and coulourful graces. He is thus considered as on of the precursor of the Art Nouveau. He held many awards and was appointed art director of the Manufacture de Sèvres. Museums :
Angoulème : Faun et Maenad
Chambéry : The woman reader.
Laon : Seated Beranger
Langres : The woman reader, bronze and ivory
Paris , Orsay : Kind Mother , Hebe and Jupiter's eagle
Reims : The Maenads
Troyes : bust of Frédéric Eugène Piat and bust of A.Thiers

Bibliography : Les bronzes du XIXe siècle Pierre Kjellberg cf. p. 192

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Dimensions

Height : 24.8 in

Time End of XIXth century
Origin France
Materials Bronze
Reference Mélodie-Carrier-Belleuse11
Bronze by Carrier-Belleuse "Melodie", French school.

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