'Ulysses Bending His Bow', 19th Century Bronze Sculpture For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 7 images

'Ulysses Bending His Bow', 19th Century Bronze Sculpture

About

'Ulysses Bending His Bow' (also known as 'Ulysse tendant l'arc dont Pénélope doit être le prix') is one of the most admired French sculptures of the neoclassical age of the 18th century. It was first completed in 1715 by Jacques Bousseau (1681-1740), and is now displayed at the Louvre in Paris. Bousseau used the work as his admission piece to the French Royal Academy, and it was this sculpture that launched his career and resulted in his being named official 'sculpteur du roi' (sculptor to the King). The present sculpture is an exceptional and high quality copy of the original marble work. It faithfully renders the sense of movement, heroism and drama inherent in the original, while retaining the strict proportionality and harmonious elements common to all neoclassical sculpture. The sculpture shows the mythological hero Ulysses, or Odysseus, from the ancient Greek poet Homer's tale 'The Odyssey'. It recounts the moment in the story when Odysseus, disguised as a beggar, reveals himself to his wife Penelope by firing an arrow through twelve rings, something which none of Penelope's other potential suitors had been able to achieve. The heroic figure - a symbol of masculine skill and strength and renowned for his intellectual brilliance - is shown, muscles flexed, bending his bow in a dramatic pose. He leans against the stump of a tree, and stands on a naturalistic square-form base, with a quiver of arrows by his feet. The sculpture is crafted in bronze and exhibits an exquisite rich brown patina, with subtle surface highlights throughout, such as to Ulysses' hair and drapery.

Details

  • Dimensions
    H 34.65 in. x W 15.75 in. x D 15.75 in.H 88 cm x W 40 cm x D 40 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    15785
  • Reference Number
    LU956311697961
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 14 days of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About the Seller

5 / 5
Vetted
Recognized
Platinum Seller
1stdibs seller since 2012
Located in London, GB
Associations:
The British Antique Dealers' Association
International Confederation of Art and Antique Dealers' Associations
More From This Seller
'La Jeunesse' 19th Century bronze sculpture by Chapu and Barbedienne
'La Jeunesse' 19th Century bronze sculpture by ...
Henri Chapu, Ferdinand Barbedienne
Antique 19th Century French Neoclassical Figurative Sculptures
Bronze
This fine and exceptionally cast patinated bronze sculpture is the work of two masters of the decorative arts, Henri Chapu (French, 1833-1891) and Ferdinand Barbedienne (French, 1810...
19th Century Bronze Sculpture of a Lady by Moreau
$8,333
19th Century Bronze Sculpture of a Lady by Moreau
Hippolyte François Moreau
Antique Late 19th Century French Belle Époque Figurative Sculptures
Bronze
This alluring bronze depicts the full-length figure of a young lady who, swathed in draped clothing, looks downward toward a basket of flowers hung about her waist. The circular base...
19th Century French Marble Sculpture by Falguiere

19th Century French Marble Sculpture by Falguiere

By Jean Alexandre Joseph Falguière
$28,205
19th Century French Marble Sculpture by Falguiere
Jean Alexandre Joseph Falguière
Antique Late 19th Century French Neoclassical Figurative Sculptures
Marble
This fine sculpture is carved entirely in sumptuous white marble. The sculpture is titled 'La Femme au Paon' and is created by Alexandre Falguiere (French, 1831-1900). The original m...
19th Century Antique Silvered Bronze Neoclassical Figures by J-L Gregoire
19th Century Antique Silvered Bronze Neoclassic...
Jean Louis Grégoire
Antique Late 19th Century French Neoclassical Figurative Sculptures
Bronze
These antique dancing figures, masterfully cast in silvered bronze, depict two females and a putto in the classical, allegorical style by J-L. Gregoire (French, 1840-1900), an École ...
You May Also Like
''Ulyses bending his bow'' 19th Century
''Ulyses bending his bow'' 19th Century
Antique 19th Century French Figurative Sculptures
Bronze
”Ulyses bending his bow” after an original. Work by the French artist Jacques Bousseau (1681-1740). Bronze with rich brown patina. Original in the Louvre Museum. 19th century.  
19th Century Bronze Sculpture of a Roman
$1,500
19th Century Bronze Sculpture of a Roman
Hermann Gladenbeck
Antique 1880s German Neoclassical Figurative Sculptures
Belgian Black Marble, Breccia Marble, Bronze
Finely chiselled cast bronze statue of a Roman coming out of the bath putting on his sandals from the second half of the 19th century manufactured by the famous Berliner foundry Glad...
19th Century Bronze Viking Sculpture
19th Century Bronze Viking Sculpture
Antique Late 19th Century Victorian Figurative Sculptures
Bronze
A very commanding appearance, this sculpture will be a focal point displayed in any room. It has a wonderful marble base carved in the manner of a ships bow, this Viking is ready to ...
19th Century French Bronze Sculpture
19th Century French Bronze Sculpture
Antique Late 19th Century French Figurative Sculptures
Marble, Bronze
A finely cast patinated bronze sculpture of a cherub by Jean Didier Debut (French, 1824-1893) entitled "Amour Mendiant". Rouge marble base. It weighs 10.6lbs. Please refer to photos ...
19th Century French Bronze Sculpture
19th Century French Bronze Sculpture
Antique Late 19th Century French Figurative Sculptures
Bronze
19th century, French bronze sculpture by Adrien-Etienne Gaudez (1845-1902) entitled "L'Etoile du Matin" (Morning Star), circa 1870-1890. Patinated bronze figure of a woman standing o...
19th Century Gilt Bronze Sculpture
19th Century Gilt Bronze Sculpture
Antique Late 19th Century French Napoleon III Figurative Sculptures
Bronze
19th century large French gilt bronze figural statue on a marble base.
19th Century Bronze Sculpture of Narcissus, J. Chiurazzi
19th Century Bronze Sculpture of Narcissus, J. ...
Fonderia Chiurazzi
Antique Late 19th Century Italian Neoclassical Figurative Sculptures
Bronze
Full-bodied figure of the narcissist according to the ancient model on a low round base. Presentation in antiquated attitude with a detachable violin sheet in front of his sex. Base ...
19th Century Russian Bronze Sculpture
19th Century Russian Bronze Sculpture
Antique 19th Century Russian Figurative Sculptures
Russian bronze sculpture on a marble base. Signed LAAHCEPE.

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries