Francisque Joseph Duret (French, 1804-1865): A bronze figure of 'Improvvisatore'

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Lot 262
Francisque Joseph Duret (French, 1804-1865): A bronze figure of 'Improvvisatore'

Sold for £ 1,912 (US$ 2,610) inc. premium
Francisque Joseph Duret (French, 1804-1865): A bronze figure of 'Improvvisatore'
formed as a semi-clad Neapolitan youth playing a mandolin, his head leaning forward and his hair dressed with fruiting vines, a coopered grape pickers barrel filled with drapery and fruit to his left side, on square base, inscribed to the base IMPROVVISATORE, and signed to the rear, Duret., mid to dark brown patination, 54cm high

Footnotes

  • Born in Paris, Duret was the son and pupil of Francois Joseph Duret the elder (1732-1816) and enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in 1818 where he studied under Bosio. He exhibited at the salon from 1831 to 1863 and won a first class medal in 1855. He is best know for his monuments and statuary which were executed in stone and marble but his bronze output include numerous bronzes illustrating Neapolitan life.
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