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A French 19th century Louis XVI st. ormolu bust of Diana, signed Houdon and Susse Frères

List: $8,500.00

A striking French 19th century Louis XVI st. ormolu and patinated bronze bust of Diana the Huntress, signed Houdon and Susse Frères. The bust is raised by a striking circular base with a richly chased wrap around berried laurel band... — Read More

  • Item # 10752
  • H: 23 in L: 13.5 in D: 6.75 in

    H: 58 cm L: 34 cm D: 17 cm

  • France
  • 19th Century
  • Ormolu, Patinated Bronze
  • Louis XVI st. Read More
  • (Louis XVI st.) - Also known as Louis Seize, Louis XVI's style is a style of architecture, furniture, decoration, and art created during Louis XVI’s 19-year reign in France, just before the French Revolution. Thought to be a reaction and juxtaposition to the prior more elaborate styles, Louis XVI style developed at the end of the Baroque Period and continued until the birth of French Neoclassicism. King Louis XVI showed little enthusiasm for the old world styles of the Baroque Period and he sought out a create a new “beau ideal” that focused on the purity and grandeur of Ancient Romans and Greeks. Inspired by Ancient Roman architecture and art, distinct features of the Louis XVI style are linear lines, small repeated motifs, floral medallions hanging from ribbons, acanthus leaves, urns, dolphins, ram, and lion heads, and griffins. Greco-Roman elements, often used in earlier and later French styles, were also quick common and included fluted and twisted columns, Caryathids, and corbels.
  • Jean-Antoine Houdon Read More , The Susse Frères Read More
  • Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) A prominent French Neoclassical sculptor born in Versailles. Houdon is famous for his portrait busts and statues of philosophers, inventors and political figures. In 1785 he sculpted Benjamin Franklin upon his invitation to Mount Vernon where Franklin modeled for him. He was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1804.
    The Susse Frères firm a renowned 19th century Parisian large foundry business. The company is well known for their fine bronze castings with superb chasing. After the death of Pierre-Jules Mène in 1879, the Susse Frères foundry acquired the rights to reproduce his models and produced posthumous proofs marked "Susse foundeur éditeur, Paris"
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A French 19th century Louis XVI st. ormolu bust of Diana, signed Houdon and Susse Frères