It is in good overall condition. Condition for its age, Good solid antique condition, plating is still bright, some rubs, marks and signs of age of as per the clear pictures. You will receive the item pictured, so the pictures are integral to the condition report and listing. The sale is for the bronze silver plated sculpture of the girl.
The bottle of wine is not included in the sale, shown to give you an idea of scale. The last two pictures of other Coutan pieces and are shown for reference only. Approx Size: 34cm h x 12cm x 13cm.
A rare item, likely produced as an Agricultural Trophy or Table Centrepiece - not a mass produced Christofle piece. Coutan's sculptures achieve high prices. While still a student at l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1872, Coutan was the recipient of the prestigious Prix de Rome, which afforded him the opportunity to study in Italy for several years.
Upon his return to Paris, he had his debut at the Paris Salon to much attention and acclaim. One of the most sought-after artists for grand public commissions, Coutan sculpture was known for his elegant allegorical sculptures. The wonderful bas relief plaque presented here of an allegorical depiction of victory as a winged figure on horseback reveals the sculptor at his most masterful; the taut yet subtle muscles of the horses legs, the delineated feathers of the wings, and the delicate modeling which creates an interplay of light and shadow creating a sense of depth and motion.Coutan was named a professor of art at l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1900. Instituted by Napoleon III, annual agriculture shows were extremely popular in Europe for almost fifty years before the beginning of World War 1. They highlighted every aspect of agrarian society; animal grooming, husbandry, farming and irrigation. Christofle et Cie created many works of art like the present sculpture to be given as prizes to competitors in these shows.
Jules Coutan the successful sculptor provided Christofle with the design for this work as well as many other important commissions. This is an exceptionally scarce piece. Bronzes of the 19th Century Atglen: Schiffer Publishing, Co.This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Silver Plate\Other Silver Plate".london" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.