Aim?Jules Dalou, French 1838-1902, a bronze entitled 'Enfant assis. Etude pour le Monument aux petits enfants de la Reine Victoria (Seated Child From the Monument to the Grandchildren of Queen Victoria)', c.1902-05, Ed 1, cast signature Dalou and Cire Perdue A.A. H閎rard foundry stamp, 43cm high, 40cm wide
Note: After Rodin, Dalou was one of the most important sculptors of his time and regarded as one of the principal exponents of naturalist sculpture in France in the late nineteenth century. Forced into exile in London after the Paris commune, the nine years that Dalou spent in England, between 1871 and 1880, were his most creative, and the point at which his work was to take the naturalist direction for which he would become renowned. After Dalou抯 death, the executors of his will permitted the Parisian firm of A.A. H閎rard to cast certain bronze from plasters and terracotta pieces found in the sculptor抯 studio in limited editions.
This bronze sculpture is after one of the figures of children represented in a terracotta monument dedicated to the memory of those grandchildren of Queen Victoria who died in infancy. The monument, completed by Dalou in 1878, was produced for the Private Royal Chapel at Windsor Castle.
An example of the present lot in terracotta is in the Petit Palais, Mus閑 des Beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris.
Very dark green/black patination overall with a light texture to the surface in areas overall made of miniscule bumps. The recesses of the right foot around the heel and between the toes with residue from an old cleaning product which could easily been cleaned away.