Jean Baptiste
said Auguste CLÉSINGER 1814-1883
Woman with a snake in white Carrara marble
Signed J.CLESINGER 1875
Awarded: €122,000

The woman with the snake

Jean Baptiste Auguste Clésinger known as Auguste Clésinger is a French sculptor particularly known because of his links with Georges Sand, whose son-in-law he was, and with Fréderic Chopin, whose tomb he sculpted. Auguste Clésinger is the son of Georges-Philippe Clésinger, himself a sculptor, who trained him at the Besançon school of fine arts where he is a professor. It began at the Paris Salon of 1843 with a bust of Viscount Jules De Valdahon. His last exhibition took place in 1864. He is the author of numerous busts, notably those of the actress Rachel Félix and Théophile Gautier and the statue of Louise de Savoie from the series of Queens of France and illustrious women of the Luxembourg gardens. in Paris. Clésinger caused a scandal at the Salon of 1847 by presenting his Woman Bitten by a Snake. This romantic sculpture is made from a cast made of Apollinaire Sabatier, the muse of Charles Baudelaire, then mistress of the wealthy Belgian industrialist Alfred Mosselman, an art lover, who placed the order4. Here through this sculpture of an exceptionally large size Auguste Clesinger expresses all his talent and his art as a sculptor.

Saturday May 20, 2017 Nice RIVIERA auction house. Cabinet of expertise Stéphane Pepe Expertise

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Chest of drawers

Louis XVI period

Bears the Riesener and Canabas stamps.

H. 89 cm L. 138 cm D. 63 cm

Awarded: €76,000

A chest of drawers from the Alphonse de Rothschild collection

The Rothschild family collections have always had a pedigree that attracts and arouses the interest of art collectors. Our chest of drawers purchased by Baron Alphonse de Rothschild during the 19th century entered the collection of his son Edouard and by succession into that of Bethsabée de Rothschild, granddaughter of Baron Alphonse. He first lived in a private mansion built for him at 47, Rue de Monceau before inheriting the Hôtel de Saint Florentin on the death of his father. He also owned the immense Domaine de Ferrieres, on which his father had the most luxurious castle of the 19th century built under the Second Empire.

A great collector of paintings by old masters (by Hooch, Rubens, Rembrandt, Hals), member of the committee of the Universal Exhibition of 1867, elected to the Academy of Fine Arts, Alphonse de Rothschild was an important donor to French museums; among other things, from 1888 to 1904, he donated around twenty paintings to the Soissons museum, and in 1892 another donation to the Saint Malo museum.

Tuesday December 5, 2017. Nice RIVIERA auction house. Stéphane PEPE Expertise Firm.

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Cararre white marble sculpture


H. 56 cm

Awarded: €7,500

Albert-Ernest CARRIER -BELLEUSE (1824-1887) THE PRAYER

Sculpture in white Carrara marble representing a young woman kneeling with crossed arms holding a branch of lilies. Signed A.CARRIER -BELLEUSE on the terrace