67
67
Benoît Rougelet
FRENCH
DEUX ENFANTS (TWO CHILDREN PLAYING WITH A TOTEM)
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
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67
Benoît Rougelet
FRENCH
DEUX ENFANTS (TWO CHILDREN PLAYING WITH A TOTEM)
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
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19th and 20th Century Sculpture

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Benoît Rougelet
1834-1894
FRENCH
DEUX ENFANTS (TWO CHILDREN PLAYING WITH A TOTEM)
signed: Rougelet and inscribed: Boudet . Paris
marble
37 by 28cm., 14½ by 11in.
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Catalogue Note

Benoît Rougelet was born in Tournous, a picturesque town in the Saône valley in Eastern France. Trained by his father and François-Joseph Duret (1729-1816), he first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1876, receiving honorable mentions in 1887 and 1889. He was principally a sculptor of portraits, his statue of the celebrated painter Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805), another son of Tournus, stands in front of the town's hôtel de ville.

This charming group of playing children reflects the taste of the Belle Epoque in its amusing and carefree subject matter. The inscription 'Boudet Paris' for Maison Boudet indicates that this house was responsible for the retail of this marble. Boudet was one of the most prominent 19th-century Parisian retailers of sculpture, who operated at 43 Boulevard des Capucines from 1886 and at 8 Place Vendôme from 1908 until the outbreak of the First World War. It was not uncommon for retailers to inscribe their names on works they were selling; the lifesize marble La Frileuse by Carpeaux sold in these rooms on 17 May 2011, lot 45 (sold for £265,250), was also inscribed: 'Boudet Paris'.

RELATED LITERATURE
E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintures sculptures dessinateurs et graveurs de tous les temps et de tous les pays par un group d'écrivains spécialistes français et étrangers, Paris, 1999, vol. 12, pp. 20-21

19th and 20th Century Sculpture

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