"The Night Watchman" by Emile-Louis Picault (1833-1915)

Massive polychrom bronze sculpture representing a night watchmen of Middle Age, with a serious and determined look. This sculpture is an allegory of bravery. When night fell, during curfew, only the night watchman was allowed to wander in the streets and was assigned to see that every fire was extinguished in order to lower the risk of fire. He was also oredered to dispel the boors and other misfits who couldn't stay within the fortified city walls "in situ" during night time. High quality bronze, signed on base E.Picault, title in cartridge "Night Watchman by E.Picault" original walnut base.

About the artist

Emile Louis Picault was born in Paris on August 24th 1833, we know very little about his life. Yet there are a large amount of his works and his bronzes are often found on the market. He begins at the salon of La Société des Artistes in 1863 and attended it until 1914. He was granted a honorable mention in 1883. Allegories, warriors, figures glorifying patriotic virtues, heroes and historical or mythological characters, each part of the wide production of the sculptor. Settled in Paris, it seems the sculptor travelled a lot to North Africa since the mention "Made in Tunis" appears onto several works. However the orientalist representations are wanted and seldom on the art market.

Bibliography : Harold Berman , Bronzes Sculptors and Founders , 1800-1930 , Abage Publishers , Chicago 1974 Pierre Kjellberg , les bronzes du XIXe siècle , les Editions de l'Amateur , Paris 1989.

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Price: €2,900.00

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Height with the walnut base : 35,4 in

Time 1890
Origin France, Paris
Materials Bronze and walnut base
Reference Veilleur-de-nuit-Picault276
"The Night Watchman" by Emile-Louis Picault (1833-1915)

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