Jean Antonin Mercié, French (1845-1916)  A bronze model of David with the head of Goliath David Vainqueur
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Jean Antonin Mercié, French (1845-1916) A bronze model of David with the head of Goliath David Vainqueur
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Jean Antonin Mercié, French (1845-1916)
A bronze model of David with the head of Goliath David Vainqueur
the figure with sword in hand, the head of Goliath at his feet, raised on a circular decorated base, signed A. Mercié inscribed F. BARBEDIENNE. FONDEUR., with REDUCTION MECHANIQUE A. COLLAS BREVETE stamp, mid brown patination, 73cm high

Footnotes

  • Mercié was born in Toulouse. He worked in Jouffroy's studio and made his debut at the Salon in 1868. He won the Grand Prix de Rome that same year for his work 'Theseuse vainqueur du Minotaure' and this enabled him to study in Rome where he stayed for four years. It was during this time that he produced two of his most famous works 'Gloria Victus' and 'David with the Head of Goliath', the latter work was very much influenced by Donatello's 'David' as well as Cellini's 'Perseus with the Head of Medusa'. He won a first class medal for the work when it was exhibited at the Salon of 1872.

    This model features in the Barbedienne catalogue of 1880, on page 47. It was produced in three sizes at 1,250 francs, 800 francs and 550 francs respectively.

    Related Literature: P. Kjellberg Les Bronzes Du XIXe Siecle, Les Editions de L'Amateur, Paris.
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