Art Nouveau bust in bronze with brown patina from the end of the 19th century, signed Emmanuel Villanis (1858-1914) and titled on the base "Nérina". It represents an elegant young woman, her hair covered with a scarf, wearing a necklace. The sculpture rests on a cherry marble base.
The stamp of the founder "Société des Bronzes de France" appears on the base at the back of the bust.
Emmanuel Villanis is a French sculptor born in Lille in 1858 and died in Paris in 1914, of Italian parents. He studied at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin, where he was taught by the sculptor Odoardo Tabacchi. In 1885, he returned to Paris where he created his collection of female figurines (Aida, Judith, Dalila, Lucretia, Cinderella, Nerina ...) embodying the great heroines of the opera, literature, mythology and the Bible. He is one of the major sculptors of the Art Nouveau.
Art nouveau Period
Dim: W: 4,3 in - D: 3,5in - H: 8,7in.
Condition report: good condition with a few wears of time to the patina.