A Statuette of Ferdinand d’Orléans Acquired by the Musée de la Vie Romantique


27/2/14 - Acquisitions - Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique - The descendants of Louis Philippe have been slowly selling off the furniture over the past few years... Last 2 December, the auctioneers Delorme & Collin du Bocage organized yet another sale at the Hôtel Drouot of "royal souvenirs from the Orleans family". Fortunately, the Musée de la Vie Romantique was able to pre-empt three works which will now reside rue Chaptal.


3. France, c. 1845
Ferdinand Philippe, Duc d’Orléans
Iron cast with brown and gilt patina - H. 47 cm
Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique
Photo : SVV Delorme & Collin du Bocage

2. James Pradier (1790-1852)
Ferdinand Philippe, Duc d’Orléans
Iron cast - H. 36 cm
Genève, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire
Photo : Genève, MAH


In our opinion, the most important one is the fine statuette of the Duc d’Orléans, Ferdinand, standing, cast in iron with a brown and gilt patina (ill. 1), acquired for 1,200€ (before charges) [Addendum 28/2/14 : Jacques Ranc has pointed out to us that the provenance of this statuette is not the Orleans family ; furthermore, he explains that the gilt is recent which would be in keeping with the technique, an iron cast, which is more rustic than bronze and for which adding gilt is indeed surprising]. It was presented in the catalogue as attributed to James Pradier due to a comparison with another small sculpture by the artist representing the same model held in Geneva [1] (ill. 2). However, the comparison of these two objects reveals that this attribution is no doubt mistaken. In fact, the style is quite different. The sculpture acquired by the Musée de la Vie Romantique, of very fine quality, is more minute in detail and more elegant. It would be hard to imagine it transformed into a life size monument unlike that by Pradier which, though smaller in size, is obviously more monumental. We hope that the author of this statuette, probably one of the better Romantic sculptors of the period, will soon be identified. He appears closer to Jean Auguste Barre, who also portrayed Ferdinand of which there is a replica at the Musée Girodet in Montargis.


3. Eugène Adélaïde Louise d’Orléans
known as Madame Adélaïde (1777-1847)
Roses and Pansies with Butterfly, 1818
Watercolor and gouache on parchment - 35 x 27.5 cm
Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique
Photo : SVV Delorme & Collin du Bocage

4. Rosary belonging to Marie-Amélie
Pearls and gold- L. 28 cm
Paris, Musée de la Vie Romantique
Photo : SVV Delorme & Collin du Bocage


At this same auction, the Musée de la Vie Romantique also acquired (for 6,000€ before charges) a rare watercolor on parchment, representing flowers, painted by Madame Adélaïde (ill. 3), Louis-Philippe’s sister, and, for 2,400€ (before charges) a pearl and gold rosary belonging to Marie Amélie bearing her number (ill. 4).

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Didier Rykner, jeudi 27 février 2014


Notes

[1] See : Douglas Siler, "La statuette de Louis-Philippe par Pradier : une énigme élucidée ?", site www.jamespradier.com, 5 September 2005, consulted on 7 February 2014.



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