An Italian 19th Century Ormolu And Ivory Bust Of A Lady With A Bird On Her Shoulder, Signed A Peiffer
Item # 8620
Category: Objets D'art
An exceptional Italian 19th century ormolu and ivory bust of a lady with a bird on her shoulder, signed A Peiffer. The bust is raised on its original elongated octagonal ivory veneered base below the ormolu socle pedestal. The bust above is of a beautiful young lady draped in wonderfully executed attire with finely etched foliate patterns and a striking flower at the center. On her right shoulder is a richly detailed charming bird looking her in the eyes. Her richly chased hair is tied back in a wonderful updo with fabulously executed flowers. All in a striking satin and burnished finish throughout. All original gilt.
Auguste Joseph Peiffer (1832–1886) was a French sculptor, mainly working in bronze on allegorical and mythological subjects. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1865 to 1879. The Musée Antoine Vivenel at Compiègne hold his statuettes of Arab playing the mandolin and Arab playing the tambour.