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French Bronze Sculpture of "Tunisian Water Carrier" by Marcel Debut

$8,500

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A finely cast example of the Tunisian Water Carrier, there has been some confusion as to whether this sculpture was executed by Jean Didier Debut or his son Marcel Debut. Pierre Kjellberg writes on this point, noting that the confusion stems from the fact that Marcel's father executed a model of the same title and of the same size. Jean Didier's model features a young man carrying a jug of water in each hand, while the present example by Marcel is much more rare and depicts a man carrying a large pot on a long stick over his shoulder while smaller jugs are tied around his belt; in his hand he holds a pair of pot-holders executed in white-metal. The quality of casting in the present example is above reproach and the entire subject is finished in a complex patina of a brick-red in the figure, medium brown in his garment and burnished natural bronze in the pots. The sculpture was cast by the house of Charles Gautier and is inscribed "Ch. Gautier Bronzier" along the lower edge. Artist Listings & Bibliography: Bronzes: Sculptors & Founders, 1800-1930, vol. IV, Berman, Abage, 1980, p. 949, ill. 3637 E. Benezit Dictionary of Sculptors, vol. IV, Gründ, 2006, p. 541 Bronzes of the 19th Century: A Dictionary of Sculptors, Kjellberg, Schiffer, 1994, p. 266-267 The Dictionary of Western Sculptors in Bronze, Mackay, Baron, 1977, p. 95 Art Bronzes, Forrest, Schiffer, 1988, p. 473 [biography] Measurements: 23 3/4" H x 12" D [at deepest points; 9" deep at base] x 10 1/2" W [at widest points; 7 1/2" wide at base]

Details

  • Creator
    Marcel Debut (Sculptor)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 23.75 in. (60.33 cm)Width: 10.50 in. (26.67 cm)Depth: 12 in. (30.48 cm)
  • Style
    Romantic (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1900
  • Condition
    Excellent original condition. Minor handling wear. No observed flaws.
  • Seller Location
    Shippensburg, PA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 203XJP21A1stDibs: LU1059028401282

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