Bronze statuette with brown patina featuring the graceful "Phryne", a legendary courtesan in ancient Greece put on trial for impiety. Phryne was acquitted after her defender Hypereides removed her robe and exposed her naked body to the jury. Our bronze is signed "Pradier" on the base. Susse Frères foundry mark. Mid-19th century period.
Dim: W: 7,1 in - D: 6,3in - H: 21,3in.
Dim: L:18cm, P:16cm, H:54cm.
In overall very good condition, with a beautiful patina.
Jean-Jaques Pradier, called James Pradier (1790-1852), entered the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1808 and won the First Prize of Rome in 1813. Pradier was one of the most important sculptors of Louis-Philippe’s reign. He received many official orders, including the Esplanade fountain in Nîmes. The female figure is the central theme of his work. Victor and Amédée SUSSE had signed a contract with Pradier in 1841, which is the oldest contract currently known between an editor and a sculptor.
Pierre Kjellberg, Les bronze du XIX siecle : Dictionnaire des sculpteurs, Paris, Les Editions de l'Amateur, 2005.