19th Century French Bronze and Marble Bust Sculpture “Le Baiser” after JB Houdon
Decorate a ladies desk with this elegant antique bronze composition titled “le Baiser Donne”, or the Kiss. Crafted in France circa 1820, the sculpture stands on a round white marble base and depicts a young Greek gentleman kissing a young beauty. The bronze bust, signed Houdon on the back, features wonderful facial and attire details throughout. The bronze doré sculpture is in excellent condition with a rich patinated gilt finish.
Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1828) was a French neoclassical sculptor. Houdon was famous for his portrait busts and statues of philosophers, inventors and political figures of the Enlightenment. Houdon’s subjects included Denis Diderot (1771), Benjamin Franklin (1778-1809), Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1778), Voltaire (1781), Molière (1781), George Washington (1785–1788), Thomas Jefferson (1789), Louis XVI (1790), Robert Fulton, (1803–04), and Napoléon Bonaparte (1806).
Measures: 4″ W x 3″ D x 7.75″ H.
|Dimensions||4" W x 3" D x 7.75" H|
Early 19th Century