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Bronze Statue "L'Espérance déçue" After Auguste-Marie Barreau

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Bronze statuette "L'Espérance déçue" by Auguste-Marie Barreau prabably depicting Dido, queen of Carthage. Marked "Médaille d'or à l'exposition des Beaux-arts 1865". 19th century cast.

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This bronze statue with brown patina features "L'Espérance déçue" after Auguste-Marie Barreau (?-1922). Dressed in classical costume, she is tinged with a slight sadness. This allegorical figure probably represents Dido, founder and queen of Carthage. In love with Aeneas, she committed suicide out of despair after being abandoned by the Trojan hero, under orders from Jupiter. Signed on the base: "BARREAU". Marked on the lateral sides of the base: "Médaille d'or à l'exposition des Beaux-arts 1865" (sic) [Gold medal at the 1865 Fine Arts Exhibition] and "Acheté par l'État" [Purchased by the State].

Circa :1870
Dim: W: 5,3 in - D: 4,5in - H: 17,5in.
Dim: L:13,5cm, P:11,5cm, H:44,5cm.

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In very good condition.

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The original plaster of Auguste-Marie Barreau was presented at the Salon of 1864 where it obtained an honorable mention. Barreau, student of Dantan ainé, is listed in the Salon catalog at n°2498: L'Espérance déçue; statue, plâtre. The sculptor Jean-Jules Salmson (1823-1902) created a bronze after the original plaster, that was edited by Barbezat et Cie. This cast was purchased by the State on June 21, 1864 for the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Clermont-Ferrand. It is currently part of the collection of the Centre national des arts plastiques.

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