Jean-Louis Grégoire, French (1840 - 1890): A large patinated bronze figure group, L'Allégro probably cast by the Bernoux foundry
Lot 139
Jean-Louis Grégoire, French (1840 - 1890): A large patinated bronze figure group, L'Allégro probably cast by the Bernoux foundry
Sold for £15,000 (US$ 25,259) inc. premium
Lot Details
Jean-Louis Grégoire, French (1840 - 1890): A large patinated bronze figure group, L'Allégro
probably cast by the Bernoux foundry
cast as a pair of dancing Bacchante, one with her arms raised and holding a tambourine, the other holding a vine-wrapped staff, a putto with a horn at their feet on the naturalistically cast circular base, with later strip metal title plaque reading L'Allégro 1884, raised on a later waisted circular rouge marble base with a pair of lotus-cast gilt metal mounts, the bronze signed L. GRÉGOIRE, the bronze 92cm high (36" high); 105cm high overall (41" high overall), (2)

Footnotes

  • Literature: Illustrated Les Bronzes du XIXe Siècle, p. 367, Figure 1, where it is noted that the foundry was Bernoux.

    Jean-Louis Grégoire was born and died in Paris. Training under Salmson at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he exhibited at the Salon from 1867 and became one of the first Associates of the Artistes Français. The present work, L'Allégro, is one of several groups by Grégoire that take music as their theme, others being his figure of Mozart enfant, tuning his violin, and Un artiste au XVIIe siècle, also portraying a violinist. Compositionally, L'Allégro has affinities with works by Salmson, in which two figures are depicted in movement, and it is also related to other works by Grégoire, such as La Confidence, Perseus and Andromeda and Helen and Paris.

    A similar bronze group of L'Allégro of identical height sold Christie's London, 27th September 2007 lot 191 (£23,000).
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