Bust of 'Helen of Troy' by J-B Clesinger For Sale
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Bust of 'Helen of Troy' by J-B Clesinger

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A Bust of 'Helen of Troy' Sculpted by J-B Clesinger, and cast by the Barbedienne Foundry Cast in bronze, and having three distinct patinations of natural bronze, brown and gilt. Marked to the base of the bust 'J. Clesinger Rome 1860' and the founder's mark 'F. Barbedienne Fondeur'. French, circa 1870. Recorded in Homer's 'Odyssey' and 'The Iliad', and by other antique writers as the most beautiful woman in the world, whose abduction by Paris of Troy occasioned the Trojan War. Our own Christopher Marlowe asked of her 'was this the face that launched a thousand ships ?'. Jean-Baptiste Clesinger (1814-1883), after studying with his sculptor father, trained in Rome with Bertel Thorvaldsen, and settled there, for some years, during which he created a life sized marble figure of Helen of Troy which was shown in Paris in 1864 along with this reduction of the original, made in bronze. His colossal bust of 'Liberty' is to be seen in Paris, on the Champ de Mars, and his work is represented in many museums and collections.

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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 31 in. x W 16.5 in. x D 11.5 in.H 78.74 cm x W 41.91 cm x D 29.21 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    9201
  • Reference Number
    LU954713379171
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