Louis Julien (Jules) Franceschi
third quarter 19th century, cast signature along proper right side and with a Delesalle et Cie foundry inscription along left.
h. 38", w. 17-1/2", d. 11-3/4"
Notes: Franceschi was from a Franco-Italian artistic family - both his father and brother were sculptors. Receiving a rigorous Academic training, first at l'Ecole de Design in Besancon and later in Paris with Francois Rude (1784-1855), Franceschi was a darling of the Paris Salon from the moment of his debut in 1848. His impeccably composed allegorical and mythological depictions of women were popular with collectors and critics alike, and he received numerous prestigious commissions for public monuments, including the Hotel de Ville, the Jardin du Luxembourg, the Louvre, and the facade of the Opera Garnier. Franceschi received numerous awards and was named a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in 1874.
Edouard Delesalle et Cie was active ca. 1860-1874, when the company was dissolved and its property sold at auction. This bronze, with a joint Delesalle foundry inscription and Jules Franceschi signature, can therefore be dated to that fourteen-year span.
Reference: "Jules Franceschi Obituary", 1893, New York Times, September 16.
Overall very good condition with some areas of faint rubbing/abrading to patination, some whitish
accretions/soiling, and a few pinprick-sized areas of oxidation. Faint surface scratches to tail of sphinx,
lower abdomen, proper left breast, scattered other areas. All consistant with age and material. No visible
signs of past restoration. Deep golden brown patina.