Several Sculpture Exhibitions in Parisian Galleries

1. Bartolomeo Ammannati (1511-1592)
Genius Médicis, c. 1556
Wax - 31 x 9,5 x 17
Paris, galerie Ratton-Ladrière
Photo : galerie Ratton-Ladrière

18/9/12 - Art market - Paris - Sculpture has long been one of the weakest sectors of the Parisian art market. Except for notably Patrice Bellanger who every other year participates in the Biennale des Antiquaires and also Ratton-Ladrière, there are very few art dealers specializing in this field.

We are thus particularly pleased to see various Parisian galleries currently presenting sculpture exhibitions at the same time.
Our review starts at the Ratton-Ladrière Gallery [1] which offers several works from the Italian Renaissance including three small marble "tondi" by Agostino di Duccio and a wax statuette by Bartolommeo Ammannati (ill. 1) but also a beautiful marble bust by Jacques Sarazin, two terracotta busts by Antoine Coysevox and, perhaps (this is still an attribution), Jean-Jacques Caffieri. Finally, we noticed a very beautiful terracotta group, by an 18th century French sculptor (perhaps Jean-Thierry), representing Circes Handing the Magic Potion to Ulysses after Transforming his Companions into Swine. A catalogue with abundant entries was also published.

2. Jean-Auguste Barre (1811-1896)
Léonor Chabot, Count of Charny, Governor of Burgundy,
save the Huguenots from this Province,
from the Massacre of the Saint Bartélemy,
Refusing to Execute the Orders of Charles IX
, 1841
Plaster - 63 x 108 cm
Galerie Yates-Trebosc-Van Lelyveld
Photo : galerie David & Constance Yates

Another gallery has just opened its doors in Paris, in association with the well-known New York dealers David and Constance Yates. It is located at 8, rue des Moulins in the 1st arrondissement, near the avenue de l’Opéra, and is currently offering an ensemble of sculptures mainly from the 19th century. Their first exhibition (without catalogue) presents a bronze relief by Jean-Auguste Barre illustrating a scene of the Saint Bartholomew’s day massacre (ill. 2) [2].

3. Jean Delcour (1627-1707)
The Massacre of the Innocents
Terracotta - 20.5 x 37 x 2 cm
Paris, galerie Édouard Ambroselli
Photo : galerie Édouard Ambroselli

4. Jean-Désiré Ringel d’Illzach (1849-1916)
Perversity, Bust, 1877
Colored Wax and Pasteboard - 46 x 25 x 24 cm
Paris, galerie Mathieu Néouze
Photo : galerie Mathieu Néouze

In the Drouot neighborhood, two remarkable exhibitions are being staged by young art dealers. The first, Edouard Ambroselli [3], ranges over three centuries, from the 17th to the 19th, with important works such as a terracotta relief by Jean Del Cour (ill. 3) and an original Carpeaux terracotta.
The second one, Mathieu Néouze [4], who has also published a catalogue for the occasion, has selected sculptures produced only in Paris between 1880 and 1910, providing a perfect sense of cohesiveness to his hang. The works are by artists close to Art Nouveau, such as Henry Cros, Alexandre Charpentier, François-Rupert Carabin (a rare plaster model for an object later carved directly in pear wood) and Jean-Désiré Ringel d’Illzach. The latter also produced notably a woman’s bust in colored wax and pasteboard, entitled Perversity (ill. 4), one of his first known works in this material.

5. Paris (?), c. 1280-1300
Scenes from the Passion
Ivory, Marks of Polychromy - 18.4 x 9.2 x 1 cm
Paris, galerie Brimo de Laroussilhe
Photo : galerie Brimo de Laroussilhe

Going back in time, at quai Voltaire visitors can discover the very beautiful exhibition at the Brimo de Laroussilhe Gallery [5] devoted to Medieval art. While there is a painting (Virgin with Child by Agnolo Caddi) and many enamels, here again, sculpture takes center stage. There is notably, a Crowned Head in stone, perhaps from the Poitou region, around 1140-1160, several small sculpted ivory pieces including the right-side leaf from a diptych, Scenes from the Passion (ill. 5), as well as a Saint Peter in polychromatic wood, from northern France, around 1360. A very scholarly, thick catalogue accompanies this exhibition.

6. Camillo Rusconi (1658-1728)
Saint Jerome, c. 1700-1710
Terracotta - 47 x 34 x 19 cm
Paris, galerie Perrin
Photo : galerie Perrin

7. Camillo Rusconi (1658-1728)
Saint Augustin, c. 1700-1710
Terracotta - 49 x 32 x 19 cm
Paris, galerie Perrin
Photo : galerie Perrin

We close this review of exhibitions highlighting sculpture with the Perrin Gallery [6] which, rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, shows works produced in very different techniques (furniture, paintings, drawings...) but also a remarkable ensemble of sculptures including a terracotta by Christophe Veyrier along with a Saint Jerome and a Saint Augustin (ill. 6 and 7), a pair of companion pieces sculpted by the great Roman Baroque artist, Camillo Rusconi. These objects are presented in association with Patrice Bellanger, bringing us full circle back to the beginning of our article and this gallery’s important role in promoting sculpture on the Parisian art market.

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Didier Rykner, mercredi 19 septembre 2012


[1] Galerie Ratton-Ladrière, 11 quai Voltaire, 75007 Paris. Tel : 00 33 (0)1 42 61 29 79.

[2] The gallery will be open by appointment only by calling 06 61 53 56 45 or emailing

[3] Galerie Edouard Ambroselli, 8 rue Drouot, 75009 Paris (building to the right inside the courtyard). Tel : 00 33 (0)1 48 24 49 35. Internet website.

[4] Galerie Mathieu Néouze, 16 rue de la Grange-Batelière, 75009 Paris (inside the courtyard to the left). Tel : 33 (0)1 53 34 84 89. Internet website.

[5] Galerie Brimo de Laroussilhe, 7 quai Voltaire, 75007 Paris. Tel : 00 33 (0)1 42 60 74 76. Internet website.

[6] Galerie Perrin, 98 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, Place Beauveau, 75008 Paris. Tel : 00 33 (0)1 42 65 01 38. Internet website.

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