27 May 2012
Blacksmith Ivan Chekmeneff, inscribed with a signature, further inscribed “P F Paris”, modelled c. 1850s.
Bronze with rubbed silver patina, height 51 cm.
Related literature: For similar works, see Catalogue, Gosudarstvennyi Russkiy Muzei. Skulptura XVIII – nachala XX veka (State Russian Museum. Sculpture of the 18th – beginning of the 20th century), Leningrad, Iskusstvo, 1988, pp. 62–64.
The Paris-born sculptor Napoleon Jacques worked in Russia from 1833 to 1858. He is known for several works which have Russian subject matter, for example the 1841 statue of Peter the Great, placed in Kronstadt, and a 1952 figure of A Woodsman. He can be considered as one of the founders of realistic plastic art in Russia. This piece is believed to be modelled from life and was cast in a French foundry.
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