French Belle Époque

Patinated Bronze Desktop

Sculptural Paperweight

19 Century

Signed illegibly | Original red marble base.

Dimensions:   H: 8.25” x W: 3.25” x D: 4.25” | Base diameter:    2.75”

This beautiful and delicate desktop dark chocolate-brown patinated bronze sculptural paperweight depicts an angel, receiving a love letter from a dove. A perfect marriage between desk decoration and functionality.


French Empire

Pair of Sphinx

Patinated Bronze Sculptures


Dimensions:         Height: 17.5”         Width: 6.5”         Depth: 10”

This wonderfully cast, outstanding pair of black-patinated bronze Sphinx of the museum-quality are mounted on their original painted plaster bases.

Despite the fact that the sculptures are not signed, the finest exquisite workmanship and amazingly masterful study of all the details clearly gives away the hand of an outstanding artist-sculptor, who created them about two hundred years ago.

This matching pair of sculptures, in all likelihood, adorned a residence of one of the noblemen of that epoch; and today, more than ever, they certainly deserve a very close attention of most demanding connoisseurs and museums, representing 18th century European fine art.


Carl Kauba

Native American with Tomahawk

Polychromed Vienna Bronze Sculpture

19th Century

Dimensions:       Height: 16.75 inches         Width: 4 inches         Depth: 4 inches

Carl Kauba (Austrian, 1886 – 1922)

The son of an Austrian shoemaker , Carl Kauba was born on August 13, 1865. He began his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with professor Laufenberg, Carl Waschmann and Stefan Schwartz and beginning 1886, he spent 2 years in Paris.

Kauba was part of the nineteenth-century tradition of polychrome bronze sculpture, using several types of patinas on a single statue. His western polychrome bronze subjects are highly sought after, although it is highly debatable that he ever visited America. His sculptures appear to have been copied from period photos. (Certain anomalies such as shod horses ridden by American Indians would suggest this.) In particular, Kauba made numerous animal bronzes and Indian depictions. These then came mostly to the United States. In 1897 he presented in the Vienna Künstlerhaus the bust of Pallas in red and yellow bronze.
Kauba also worked under the name of T.Curts, and Karl Thenn -- quite possibly for copyright reasons in Vienna, as he worked for more than one foundry. Thus, it is quite normal to find identical sculptures with any of these signatures

Kauba's intricate bronzes, imported to the United States between 1895 and 1912, were cast at the Roman Bronze Works and Gorham Foundry. 

Carl Kauba died in his native Vienna, in 1922.


Franz Xavier Bergman

Praying Muslim Man

Vienna Bronze Sculptural Paperweight

Circa 1900

Vienna cold-painted bronze.

Marked with "B" in an urn-shaped cartouche and the model number: 4137.


Height: 4 3/4 inches         Width: 4 5/8 inches         Depth: 5 3/4 inches

 Franz Xaver Bergman (1861–1936) was the owner of a Viennese foundry who produced numerous patinated and cold-painted bronze - Oriental, erotic and animal figures, the latter often humanized or whimsical, humorous objects d'art. Cold painted bronze refers to pieces cast in Vienna and then decorated in several layers with so called dust paint; the know-how for the mix of this kind of paint has been lost. The color was not fired hence "cold painted". The painting was carried out mainly by women working at home, a typical cottage industry. Noted for his detailed and colorful work, Bergman was signing his creations with either a "B" in an urn-shaped cartouche, or "Nam Greb" - for "Bergman" in reverse. These marks were used to disguise his identity on the erotic works.



Island of Cape Verde, Portuguese Colony

Sculptural Majolica BUST




Height: 12 1/8 inches            Width: 7 inches            Depth: 4 1/2 inches

                This exquisite and very unusual sculptural majolica bust of a woman, wearing a coral necklace and a bright head scarf with floral print was made in the last quarter of XIX Century in Portugal. Due to the peculiarities of the material and realistically rendered image, the skillfully selected colors under the well-preserved glaze are still pleasing to the eye with their brightness and freshness, creating an amazing life-like effect.

                Though clearly marked on the bottom with a circular crest and a bee (fly?) on top, we could not establish the name of the artist/maker. In excellent antique condition with no breaks, repairs or restorations except some slight chips along back edges of both earrings (easy to restore, sold as is).



- Napoleon III PERIOD -

A Garniture of a Pair

sculptural Marble & Bronze Urns


Height: 14 3/4 inches         Width: 5 1/2 inches         Base diameter: 4 7/8 inches

                 A garniture is a decoration for the top of a fireplace mantel. Most antique garnitures are composed of a clock with two matching vases, candelabra or other pieces. Some sets have two, three or five vases and no clock. The garniture was first used in 18th-century France to decorate the lower mantelpiece that had become fashionable. Made of bronze, porcelain and marble, by the 19th century the garnitures were widely embellishing fireplaces in England and the United States. Presented here is a good example of such object(s) of richly patinated & gilded bronze and red marble in the style of Napoleon III, whose reign period was during the time of the Second French Empire; the period between the Second and the Third Republic, in France.. The Bonapartist regime ofNapoleon III that lasted from 1852 to 1870 and had developed a certain style in arts, easily recognizable in the decorations used for the garniture - heads of Greek goddesses with fancy gilded headdresses; lion heads with holding movable rings in their grinning mouths; as well as tall and graceful but richly ornamented vase handles.


"La charmeuse de serpent"

French Art Nouveau Bronze Sculpture of a Snake Charmer

by Michel-Léonard Béguine, Ca. 1900

     Presented here for your attention is a charming sculpture, depicting a semi-nude slender girl who plays two flutes at the time to bewitch a snake, wriggling at her feet. It is a fine example of the then-fashionable trends of Orientalism in Art Nouveau movement. Cast with amazing subtlety of dark-brown patinated bronze and signed by the artist, the sculpture is installed on the original red marble pedestal of an original asymmetrical form, dominating over four spherical bronze feet.


Total height: 18 inches            Width: 6 1/2 inches            Depth: 11 1/2 inches

                Michel-Léonard Béguine (French, 1855 - 1929)

                Michel-Léonard Béguine, a renowned French sculptor was born on August 9, 1855 in Uxeau. A student of Aimé Millet and Auguste Dumont, in 1878 he won an honorable mention at the Salon des Artistes and then, in 1887 - a Second Class medal. He also received Silver medals at the Universal Exhibitions of 1889 and 1900.  A First Class medal Béguine received at the Salon of 1902 crowned his artist career. In recognition of his achievements in Frech art, Michel-Léonard Béguine was named Knight of the Legion of Honor on October 4, 1904. There are several monuments by Michel-Léonard Béguine commissioned by the city of Paris - for example a monument to Ernest Rousselle on Boulevard D'Italie, opened on October 6, 1921. Ernest Rousselle (1836-1896) was President of the municipal council of Paris. The sculptor died on March 29, 1929 in Paris and was buried at the Montparnasse cemetery. Béguine's works can also be found at a few French and international museums, as well as private collections around the world.



This sculpture depicting a weightlifter, lifting a heavy weight in his outstretched arm, draws audience attention not only by its perfect anatomical proportions and perfection of the male body, but also by the unusual rendering: the figure of an athlete is in a moving state with respect to the base, and the outstretched arm is visibly connected to the forearm by a detachable stud in the biceps area. The reason being that it is a prototype, or the very first sculpture, made specifically for its further replication by a foundry.



Paul Marie Louis Pierre Richer (1849 - 1933) was a French anatomist, physiologist, anatomical artist and sculptor. He was professor of artistic anatomy at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, beginning in 1903. Richer worked with Jean-Martin Charcot at the Salpêtrière, and from 1882-96 was chief of the Salpêtrière Hospital laboratory. His medical research, done in collaboration with Charcot, was primarily in hysteria and epilepsy but, most importantly, he also studied the relationship between medicine and art. Richer was a professor of artistic anatomy at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, as well as a member of the Academie Nationale de Medicine (French Society for the History of Medicine) since 1898, and the president of which he became in 1907. The importance of his role as a teacher of many notable painters and sculptors in the 19th century Parisian art scene is difficult to overestimate. He also produced several sculptures that can be found in museums throughout Europe, including the Musee d'Orsay in Pasris. Paul Richer was also a prolific author in medicine, producing in his lifetime over 15 medical books with own outstanding illustrations.

  • Date of manufacture : c.1890

  • Period : End of 19th century

  • Country : France

  • Sculptor : Paul Marie Louis Pierre Richer (1849 - 1933)

  • Remarks : Signed "Paul Richer"

  • Height : 19 1/4 inches

  • Width : 12 1/2 inches

  • Depth : 4 1/4 inches

  • Medium : Bronze

  • Inventory number : S-19-0002  


This sculpture depicts a boxer in an English boxing pose of "direct punch", with his right arm outstretched in the direction of a imaginary rival. Audience's attention is not drawn only by the athlete's perfect anatomical proportions and, but also by the unusual rendering of the piece: the figure of an athlete is in a moving state with respect to the base, and his left hand is visibly connected to the wrist by a detachable stud. The reason being that it is a prototype, or the very first sculpture, made specifically for its further replication by a foundry.


Florentine singer

This is one of Paul Dubois' best known works and the Musée d'Orsay holds a version in bronze cast by Maison Barbedienne, as well. It depicts a Florentine singer of the 15th century. The version in Orsay is 1.55 metres high. Dubois had put the plaster version of the work in the Paris Salon exhibition of 1865 and it had won him a "médaille d'honneur". Barbedienne produced limited editions in six different sizes between 1865 and 1953 and the Sèvres factory produced versions in biscuit in three different sizes. It is therefore a work often seen in France and it was also exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1867 and 1889.

  • Date of manufacture : 1869

  • Period : Second half of 19th century

  • Country : France

  • Sculptor : Paul Dubois (Belgian, 1829 - 1905)

  • Remarks : Signed "P.DVBOIS" and dated: 1869

  • Foundry stamp: F. Barbidienne Fondeur

  • Stamp: Reduction mechanique - A. Collas - Brevette

  • Height : 24 1/2 inches

  • Width : 10 1/2 inches

  • Depth : 7 1/2 inches

  • Medium : Bronze

  • Inventory number : S-19-00047


mother with sleeping child

Jan Jozef Jacquet (1822-1898) was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and was a son of a baker. After studying with famous Guillaume Geefs at the Brussels Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts, he became a very weill-respected Belgian artist, who took part in sculpture by his own productions for the Brussels Art Salons of 1843, 1854, 1860, 1872 and 1873. He was also a life-long professor at the Brussels Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts.


  • Date of manufacture : c. 1875

  • Period : Second half of 19th century

  • Country : Belgium

  • Sculptor : Jan Jozef Jacquet (Belgian, 1822 - 18987)

  • Remarks : Signed "J.J.JACQUET"

  • Height : 12 inches

  • Width : 10 1/2 inches

  • Depth : 7 inches

  • Medium : Bronze

  • Inventory number : S-19-0008



Jean-Baptiste Auguste Clesinger

~ Dione and Aphrodite ~

XIX Century


Height : 14 1/2 inches            Width : 26 1/2 inches            Depth : 9 inches

                Famous 19th-century French sculptor and painter, Jean-Baptiste Auguste Clesinger modeled his group on two figures from the east pediment of the Parthenon, now at the British Museum. The originals lack heads and arms, so Clesinger took artistic liberty with these features. Scholars think the figures represent either Dione and Aphrodite or a personification of the sea in the lap of the earth.

                 This grand, dark-brown patinated19th century bronze sculpture after the antique two classical reclining female figures in copious drapery has an A. Collas reduction seal mark in the lower part of the sculpture. This cast has been produced in collaboration with the F. Barbedienne Foundry in the last quarter of 19th Century.

                 Jean-Baptiste Auguste Clesinger (1814 - 1883) first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1843 with a bust of Viconte Jules de Valdahon, and last exhibited there in 1864. At the 1847 Salon, he created a sensation with his sculpture "Woman bitten by a serpent", produced from life-casts from his model Apollonie Sabatier (the pose being particularly suitable for such a method), thus reinforcing the scandal with an erotic dimension. Apollonie Sabatier was a solonniere and the mistress of the world-famous poet, Charles Baudelaire, among many others. Clesinger died in Paris in 1883, and buried in the Pierre Lachaise Cemetery.


               Literature: Catalogue des Bronzes d'Art F. Barbedienne, Recompenses Obtenues dans les Expositions Universelles,: Paris, 1886, p. 21.