A French patinated bronze figure of a dancer: Zingara after a model by Jean-Baptiste Clésinger (French, 1814-1883) F. Barbedienne foundry, Paris late 19th century
Modeled dancing with tambourine held aloft, inscribed J. CLESINGER ROME 1858 and F. BARBEDIENNE.FONDEUR, impressed A. Collas Réduction Mécanique pastille, ink inscription to underside 34797 ga. height 22in (56cm)
Clésinger executed the original marble Zingara in Rome which after completion was exhibited at the Salon of 1859. Barbedienne issued Zingara in four sizes of which the present model is the smallest. The 1886 Barbedienne catalogue identifies the model as Zingara (Danseuse Napolitaine) au tambour de basque.
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