This striking black patinated bronze sculpture is offset with a few small bright sections of gold. The Classical subject matter features two maidens resting and gazing upon a fluted half column with two gold birds. It exhibits fine details and perfect proportions. The sculptor was a student of Classical Greek art: Pierre Louis Detrier. Detrier, a French sculptor was born in 1822 and died in 1897.
This bronze grouping was made in an unusual deep black coloration, with the artist choosing to only gild the base of the column, two birds, garland of roses, gown buttons, jewelry, and headwear. The details of the folds of the fabric, hands, toes, and facial features is perfect. Detrier was known to exhibit in the Salon de Paris for several years between the 1860s and 1890s, some of which were held at Le Louvre. His pieces remain sought after, most held in private collections, and others in public institutions such as the Langres Museum, in the Champagne-Ardenne of France.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with minor surface build up and wear to patina (see photos of shoulders on standing woman)