Edme Antony Paul Noël, known as Tony Noël : important bronze statue with brown patina featuring Orpheus, mythical poet of Thrace, putting Cerberus to sleep. In Greek mythology, Cerberus is the three-headed dog that guarded the entrance to Hades, and Orpheus managed to bewitch him by playing his lyre, in order to rescue his wife Eurydice and bring her back to the land of the living. The mythological group is signed on the base: "Tony Noel". Stamped with foundry mark "THIEBAUT Frères Paris, successeurs de Fumière et Cie".
Dim: W: 15,7 in - D: 9,8in - H: 29,1in.
Dim: L:40cm, P:25cm, H:74cm.
In overall good condition, with light wear consistent with age and use.
Edme-Antony-Paul Noël, called Tony Noël (Paris, 1845-Palaiseau, 1909) was student at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and won the Prix de Rome for sculpture in 1868 with the mythological group "Theseus defeating the Minotaur, thanks the Gods". He exhibited at the Salon since 1872, and won the Grand Prix at the 1889 Universal Exhibition. Tony Noël abandoned the Salon des Artistes français in 1891 for the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. He exhibited for the last time at the Salon in 1901.
He executed several monuments in Paris: "Le Reitaire" in the square of the Temple, the monument of Baron Taylor at the Ambigu theater, "La Musique et Apollon" and "les Muses" on the western facade of the Grand-Palais (destroyed). He made busts and monumental statues for several French cities as well as for the Château de Chantilly ("Molière" and "Le Nôtre"). A "Bust of the painter Thomas Couture (1815-1879)" is currently in the collection of the Museum of Art and Archaeology in Senlis (Oise).
Base Joconde : NOEL Edme Antony Paul , TONY-NOEL (dit).