Bronze statue featurig Esmeralda after Édouard Houssin.
Esmeralda is a fictional character in Victor Hugo's 1831 novel "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" (Notre-Dame de Paris). She is a 16 years old Gypsie girl. She constantly attracts men with her seductive dances, and is rarely seen without her clever goat Djali. The group is set on a round plinth in red Griotte marble imitation. Ancient cast signed "E. Houssin". Marked with the name of "PHOEBUS", Captain with whom she instantly falled in love to the point of obsession.
Dim: W: 8,3 in - D: 8,3in - H: 23,6in.
Dim: L:21cm, P:21cm, H:60cm (53cm without plinth).
Overall, the condition of the bronze is good, with minor wear consistent with age and use. The tambourine is slightly warped. With an additional wooden base.
"Esmeralda" was sculpted by Édouard Houssin (Douai, 1847-Paris, 1919) around 1880. The original was presented at the Salon in 1880, then at the Universal Exposition of 1889. It is conserved at the Musée de la Chartreuse de Douai, deposited in the Botanical Gardens in 1955.
Édouard Houssin was born in Douai on 13 September 1847. In 1856 he joined the Academic Schools of Douai. In 1864 he moved to Paris and joined the private studios of Henri Lemaire of Valenciennes and François Jouffroy of Dijon. In 1866 he was admitted to the sculpture section of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1868 Houssin displayed his first bust to the Society of Friends of the Arts of Douai. From 1871 to 1877 he was professor of sculpture at the Douai Art Schools. He then returned to Paris, where he exhibited regularly at the Salon. His works were rewarded with several awards and medals. Many of his works were purchased by the state, and he received many public commissions. Early in 1894 he was appointed professor of modeling the National Manufacture of Sèvres, a position he held until his death in 1919.