‘David vainqueur de Goliath’ – A Fine Patinated Bronze Figure By Antonin Mercié, Cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne.
With rich brown patina, the base cast with a lozenge with the Hebrew for David and Signed ‘A. Mercie’, ‘F. BARBEDIENNE FONDEUR’, with ‘REDUCTION MECHANIQUE A. COLLAS BREVETE’ stamp.
The figure depicts the Biblical story of young David’s final triumph over Goliath and is one of the most recognisable and celebrated sculptures of the nineteenth century.
Influenced by the works of Verrocchio and Donatello, the piece earned Mercié a first-class medal as well as the rank of Chevalier de légion d’honneur at the Paris Salon of 1872.
The life size version of Mercié’s David is in the permanent collection of the Museé D’Orsay (RF 186, LUX 74).
French, Circa 1880.