Late 19th century marble sculpture in the taste of Albert Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1887), featuring the bust of a young woman wearing a dress decorated with flower. Her curly hair is carefully put up in a bun. Her smiling and expressive face is turned to the right. Signed in the back: "Oliver".
Dim: W: 15,7 in - D: 11,4in - H: 24in.
Dim: L:40cm, P:29cm, H:61cm.
In overall good condition, with small chip to the base.
This bust is probably the work of Oliver Sheppard (1865-1941), sculptor of the Irish school, who came to Paris in 1890. Oliver was the son of a marble sculptor. He began his artistic studies in Dublin, at the Metropolitan School of Art and at the Hibernian Academy School of Drawing. In 1888, he moved to London and continued his studies at the National Art Training School in South Kensington. It was there that he assimilated French modeling techniques with Edouard Lanteri (French sculptor and modeler), before coming to Paris where he worked at the Académie Julian and the Académie Colarossi. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1891. In 1898 he was appointed associate of the Hibernian Academy, academician in 1901 and professor in 1903. Sheppard executed several public monuments and a large number of busts.
Sheppard (Oliver), in E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs. III. L-Z, pp. 780-781 [available online] ; Oliver Sheppard (1865-1941), in Encyclopedia of Irish Plastic Art [available online].