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Pierre Marius Montagne 19thc. Bronze Seated Mercury, Signed & Dated 1867, H27in

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Pierre Marius Montagne was a French Artist  born in Toulon, 1828.
He won the French Government National Lottery Prize & garnered medals at the Salon in Paris in 1867 & 1869.
He trained under Francois Rude's Atelier and was later put in charge of the architectural and sculptural decoration of Grand-Theatre in Toulon. He has 6 statues in the Musee de Toulon. He received modest but impressive commissions throughout his career and passed away in 1879. 

In 19th century France, it was common for a sculptor to cast their most successful works in great numbers. 
Mercury is a popular subject of artists/sculptors of the 19th century, not all depictions of Mercury prove to be quite as exceptional as this one. Montagne cast his bronzes in numbers of 20-50.  The handsome modeling of the head and the refined features of the hair face, feet, and hands  His Seated Posture achieves a very relaxed yet elegant stance.

This large 27 inch hollow cast bronze is signed and dated. 

Approx. Dimensions:
Height: 27" 
Width: 17 1/2"
base diameter: 12"

Approx. Weight:
55 pounds

This Bronze Mercury is in very fine age-related condition. (PLEASE SEE ALL PHOTOS)