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Creator: Antonin Mercie
Antique Patinated Bronze and Onyx Mantel Clock by Mercié and Barbedienne
By Antonin Mercie, Ferdinand Barbedienne
Located in London, GB
Antique patinated bronze and onyx mantel clock by Mercié and Barbedienne French, Late 19th Century Height 113cm, width 58cm, depth 40cm Two renowned French makers, Antonin Mercié (...
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Late 19th Century French Neoclassical Antique Antonin Mercie Furniture

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Onyx, Bronze, Ormolu

Exceptional 19th Century Bronze Entitled ““Quand Meme” by Mercié and Barbedienne
By Antonin Mercie, Ferdinand Barbedienne
Located in New York, NY
A Large and Exceptional Late 19th Century Patinated Bronze Figural Group Entitled “Quand Meme” by Mercié and Barbedienne on Pedestal Marius-Jean-Antonin Me...
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Late 19th Century French Belle Époque Antique Antonin Mercie Furniture

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Bronze

Bronze Figural Sculpture of Gloria Victis by Antonin Mercié
By Antonin Mercie, F. Barbedienne Foundry
Located in New York, NY
Gloria Victis, a winged figure of victory carrying a fallen warrior casted in bronze with brown patina. Inscribed with 'F. Barbedienne. Fonduer' mark and...
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19th Century French Antique Antonin Mercie Furniture

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Bronze

French Late 18th Century Solid Walnut of David Having Slain Goliath
By Antonin Mercie
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A striking and most impressive French late 18th early 19th century solid walnut of David having slain Goliath signed A. Mercié. The statue is raised by a finely carved wrap-around be...
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18th Century French Antique Antonin Mercie Furniture

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Bronze Sculpture David Winner by Antonin Mercié
By Antonin Mercie
Located in TOULOUSE, FR
Bronze with beautiful brown patina representing King David victorious over Goliath. It rests on a circular base, decorated with oriental motifs. Signed hollow on the base: "A. Merc...
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Late 19th Century French Napoleon III Antique Antonin Mercie Furniture

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Bronze

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Mercié was a student at the French Academy of Rome when the Prussians invaded France in 1870. Shortly after the war had begun, he executed a group depicting the figure of Fame supporting a victorious soldier. When news reached Mercié in Rome that the French had surrendered, he decided to alter his group, replacing the victorious soldier with a defeated casualty, thus transforming an allegory of ‘Glory to the Victors’ into one of ‘Glory to the Vanquished’. Completed in 1872, a year after the defeat of French soldiers against the Prussian army, the statue personifies a defeated but heroic France. The title is also a reversal of the famous formula, ‘Vae Victis’ (Death to the Vanquished), which the Gallic general Brennus exclaimed upon defeating the Romans in 390 BC. The figure of the fallen soldier was thought to represent Henri Regnault, a fellow sculptor of Mercié who was killed on the last day of fighting. Measuring 317 cm. high the original group of ‘Gloria Victis’ was unveiled in plaster at the Salon of 1872. It was bought by the City of Paris for the sum of twelve thousand francs and then cast in bronze by Victor Thiébaut for eight thousand five hundred francs. The bronze was exhibited at the Salon in 1875 and first placed in Montholon Square in the 8th arrondissement. In 1884 it was transferred to the courtyard of the Hôtel de Ville and in 1930, it entered the collection of the Musée du Petit Palais, where it can be seen to this day. The Thiébaut Frères foundry also cast Gloria Victis bronzes for the cities of Niort (requested 1881) Bordeaux (requested 1883), Châlons-sur-Marne (today, Châlons-en-Champagne; requested 1890), and Cholet (requested 1901). 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  • "David" by Antonin Mercié
  • "David" by Antonin Mercié
  • "David" by Antonin Mercié
  • "David" by Antonin Mercié
H 29.14 in Dm 13.39 in
Antonin Mercie French Bronze Sculpture of David Vainqueur, Barbedienne
By F. Barbedienne Foundry, Antonin Mercie
Located in Shippensburg, PA
Also known as "David with the Head of Goliath", this very fine sculpture not only won a first class medal but also resulted in Mercie being honored with the Cross of the Legion of Honor, the only artist ever to receive this distinction while still a student at the French Academy in Rome. Documented extensively, this is one of his most famous and most treasured works and was cast by Barbedienne in six different sizes, five of which are offered in their 1886 catalog - 110, 92, 73, 46 and 29.5 cm. The present example is referred to in their catalog as "La Reduction no. 4" with a noted height of 46cm and base length of 11cm. The original sculpture, cast in life size for the 1872 Salon at a height of 185cm (72.5") is held by Musee d'Orsay in Paris; other examples held by museum include a 69 cm example at Montpellier and a 70 cm example at Troyes. Exceedingly attractive, the sculpture exhibits a realism of a nearly photographic dimension. The young David is portrayed scantily clad only in a simple loincloth, lifting the vast sword of Goliath into it's oversized sheath as he has just parted the head from it's body, his foot still disrespectfully perched in Goliath's eye. The form exudes a certain carefree and relaxed demeanor, not exemplifying a warrior who has just defeated a man two or three times his size, but rather a cool air of confidence having done a significant deed. Goliath's head is breached just above his right eye where the stone of David's sling struck him. David's handsome and clean appearance is a stark contrast to the course and unkempt appearance of his fallen foe. The sculpture patination is particularly beautiful, being a very well preserved reddish-brown with traces of black preserved under what appears to be wax. The sculpture is marked "Reduction Mechanique Collas Brevete", having been reduced in size from the 185cm original using the method of inventor Achille Collas; along the rim “332 F. Barbedienne, Fondeur Paris" is engraved and the front of the circular base reads "David" in Hebrew. The chased and filed finish work is exceptional, as is the case with most work from the F. Barbedienne foundry. At just twenty-three, as a student both of Jouffroy and Falguiere at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Mercie won the Prix de Rom in 1868 with his Thesee Vainqueur du Minotaure. He remained in Rome from 1869-1873, creating both of his most famous works: David Vainqueur...
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Antonin Mercie furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Antonin Mercie furniture, although gold editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Antonin Mercie were created in the neoclassical style in france during the 19th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Eugene-Antoine Aizelin, Clovis Edmond Masson, and Émile Pinedo. Prices for Antonin Mercie furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $5,707 and can go as high as $65,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $57,178.

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