Object Description

‘The Snake Charmer’ By Baron Charles Arthur Bourgeois (1838-1886)

Cast in finely sculpted bronze, which has acquired a fine patina; rising from a circular base, the young dancing Nubian, dressed in a loincloth, plays a woodwind instrument, thus charming the coiled snake. Signed by the artist, ‘A. Bourgeois Sculptr’, and the foundry ‘L. Marchand Edt’.
French, Circa 1890

Object Literature

Baron Charles Arthur Bourgeois was a pupil of Duret and Guillaume at the Parisian Academy, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and awarded the Grand Prix de Rome in 1863, the year the Snake Charmer was created; Napoleon the Third saw the plaster maquette, and ordered a bronze, life size version, which is in situ today at the Jardin des Plantes, Paris, adjacent to the reptile house. Further works by Bourgeois are displayed in the Louvre, and the Dahesh Museum of Art, New York.

Literature;
Benezit, Dictionary of Artists, Editions GrĂ¼nd, 2006
‘Bronzes, Sculptors and Founders’, Harold Berman, Editions Abage

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Excellent

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