Original Polychrome Spelter Bust of a Woman Signed E. Villanis, circa 1890

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French late 19th century polychrome, spelter figure of a Bohemian woman on a fabulous hieroglyphic detailed verde antico integral column base. The Orientalist French metal bust is entitled “shackled” and was made by Villanis from a full figure executed by him a short while before. This realistically rendered embodiment appears as if it’s a life cast with delicate features, caramel colored skin tone and a seductive visage. She dons a Moroccan red headdress with movable doré patinated earrings, and is beautifully viewed from all angles.
Villanis, a prolific sculptor, cherished his models and often used the same "femme" in his various works.
1890 Signed: E. Villanis
Emmanuel Villanis (1858-1914).

References:
illustrated in H. Bermans book of bronzes, sculptors and founders,
Vol IV pg 981
Literature:
?Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs by E. Benezit. Gru¨nd.
?Les bronzes de XIXe sie`cle by Pierre Kjellberg, Les editions des amateurs.
Emmanuel Villanis, un sculpteur Art Nouveau by Pascal Launay. The´le`s.

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    1890
  • Period
    Late 19th Century
  • Condition
    Excellent. Very subtle varigation and light specs on patina overall ..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    22.5 in. H x 11 in. W x 12 in. D
    57 cm H x 28 cm W x 30 cm D
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU90132181662
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