Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) The Chinaman... - Lot 106 - Pescheteau-Badin

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Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) The Chinaman... - Lot 106 - Pescheteau-Badin
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) The Chinaman (sketch) Model created in 1868 Patinated terracotta Signed "JB. Carpeaux" in cursive letters under the left shoulder. Bears the mark " SUSSE FRES EDITEURS / PARIS " and the circular stamp of the publisher H. 64 cm Very slight chips Provenance: Raoul Brandon Collection (1878-1941) Related literature: Michel Poletti, Alain Richarme, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux sculpteur: catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre édité, Paris, ed. De l'Amateur, 2003, model listed under no. BU23, p.122 ; Edouard Papet, James Davrid Draper, Carpeaux 1827-1875, Un sculpteur pour l'Empire, cat. exp. Paris, Musée d'Orsay, 24 June-28 September 2014, model listed under no. 108, pp.143-151. The model for this bust corresponds to the preparatory study for the figure of Asia made by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux in 1868 for the commission by the city of Paris to the architect Gabriel Davioud for a fountain for the Avenue de L'Observatoire. For this project, the sculptor designed a group of four figures supporting a hollowed-out globe embodying The Four Parts of the World supporting the celestial sphere. Two of these allegories, Asia and Africa, are executed from life. Later, the bust of the Chinese personifying Asia was adapted into a female figure to harmonize and balance the group. After the 1870 war and Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux's exile in England, the Auteuil workshop reopened and began marketing the bust of the Chinaman. Here, the Valenciennes sculptor was particularly innovative as he published a sketched version of this work, which, for the time, was a daring modernity. The public appreciated the vitality of the model, the flat areas of material that animate her costume and the movement of the face turned to the right, which multiplies the points of view. The edition during Carpeaux's lifetime is particularly rare, our beautiful print is part of the corpus published by the Susse company between 1920 and 1939. This bust comes from the former collection of Raoul Brandon. A great aesthete, he trained at the École des Arts Décoratifs and at the École Nationale et Spéciale des Beaux-Arts to become an architect. In 1903, he participated in the Salon des Artistes français, where he won several medals. At the end of the First World War, Raoul Brandon also distinguished himself in a political career as a municipal councillor of Paris and general councillor of the Seine.
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