Brown green patina bronze group depicting Sarpedon, Lycian hero who took part in the Trojan War against the Achaeans, bending his arc with a quiver and arrows at his feet. Signed on base "H. Peinte". Siot-Decauville's mark.
Sculptor of mythological subjects, Henri Peinte (1845-1912) was a pupil of Duret and Cavelier. He exhibited for the first time at the Salon of 1877 and won a third class medal and the Prize of the Salon, with a statue of Sarpedon. This is the best-known work of Henri Peinte, noticed that year by Charles Tardieu, Henri Houssaye and Paul Mantz and executed for a public garden in Cambrai, where it will be installed in 1878. With a bronze reduction of Sarpedon he won a Great Prize at the Universal Exhibition of 1889 and that same year he is decorated with the Legion of Honor. Our sculpture is one of the editions produced by the Foundry Siot-Decauville, exhibited in 1889 in Paris. The original plaster pattern is at the Museum of Fine Arts in Coulommiers. Several bronze editions are at the Museum of Fine Arts in Rouen.
Bibliography : P. Kjellberg, Les Bronzes du XIXe siècle, dictionnaire des sculpteurs, Paris, les Editions de l’Amateur, 1987, p. 536 ; Nineteenth Century French and Western European Sculpture in Bronze and Other Media, New-York, Shepherd Gallery, 1985, p. 285.
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