Feel chipper with an auction bid - five sculpture suggestions at Woolley & Wallis sale13 October 2020 Among the lots on offer at the Woolley & Wallis Furniture, Works of Art and Clocks auction on October 21 are sculptures.
These can often be thought of as beyond the price range of many but in fact many options are available at estimates ranging from a couple of hundred quid to several thousands.
Here are five suggestions from the Woolley & Wallis Salisbury sale at varied price points.
Have a good knight
If you do wish to splash the cash then this large bronze equestrian group of Le Chevalier Bayard (pictured top) could be an impressive buy. Depicting the medieval knight Pierre Terrail, seated on a horseback, with his eyes cast down and with a solemn expression, praying, it is by Baron Carlo Marochetti (Italian, 1805-67). The piece stands on a naturalistic base with foundry mark Susse Freres and measures 95.5cm high x 74.5cm long.
Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard (c.1476-1524) was a French knight at the transition between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and he is generally known as the Chevalier de Bayard. He was famous for his bravery during the Italian wars and died on the battlefield at Sesia. Since his death he has been commonly referred to as 'le chevalier sans peur et sans reproches' or 'the knight without fear of reproach'.
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Out of the wood
Further down the price level, but not losing any charm as a result, are these two European carved wood and polychrome decorated figures estimated at £200-300. Italian or Spanish, late 17th/early 18th century, with parcel gilt decoration, one is of the Virgin Mary, the other wears a crown. They stand approximately 60cm high.
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A bronze figure of Psyche by French sculptor Eugene-Antoine Aizelin (1821-1902) is estimated at £800-1200.
Cast by F Barbedienne, the sorrowful maiden is seated on a stool, holding an oil lamp in her left hand. The base is signed Aizelin, with fondeur's signature and pastille, inscribed Reduction Mecanique A Collas Brevete. It is 31cm high x 12.2cm wide.
Aizelin was a pupil of Dumont and exhibited at the Salon between 1852 and 1897. He won a gold medal at the Paris 1889 Exposition Universelle and was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur in 1867.
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Portraits of the artists
Again at the ‘more affordable’ level of estimate, this pair of bronze figures by Jean Jules Salmson (French, 1823-1903) depict Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony Van Dyck, each signed Salmson and standing 15.2cm high. The estimate is £150-250.
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The bearded figure standing at his anvil is, probably not surprising, a bronze figure of a blacksmith.
By Friedrich Wilhelm Albermann (German, 1835-1913) it is signed Albermann fec and with foundry pastille for H Ladenbeck & Sohn, and stands on a marmo rosso plinth. The height is 26cm and the estimate £200-300.
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