Lot 30
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JEAN-BAPTISTE CARPEAUX | Le prince Impérial et son chien Néro (The Imperial Prince and his Dog, Nero)

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
15,000 GBP
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  • After Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
  • Le prince Impérial et son chien Néro (The Imperial Prince and his Dog, Nero)
  • signed and dated: JB CARPEAUX / TUILERIES 1865, entitled: S.A.LE PRINCE IMPÉRIAL., and stamped with the eagle cypher: PROPRIÉTÉ CARPEAUX, the dog's collar inscribed: AUX TUILERIES
  • terracotta

Catalogue Note

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, after training in Paris under François Rude at the École des Beaux Arts,  became the official sculptor of Napoleon III (1808-1873). He worked on buildings such as the Louvre in 1864, on Palais Garnier in 1865 and on the fountain of the Jardin du Luxembourg in 1872. The Prince Imperial et son chien Néro is one of Carpeaux’s most renowned models as official sculptor of the Second Empire. At the time, Carpeaux commissioned the Barbédienne foundry to create four small bronze models of Napoleon III and his family, including the model of his son with his dog Néro. The sculptures, however, stopped being produced in 1869, when Napoleon III’s administration attained reproduction rights for all the figures of the young prince and his family. After the fall of the Empire, Carpeaux returned to the production of the model, mostly in terracotta.

M. Poletti and A. Richarme, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux sculpteur: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre édité, Paris, 2003, p. 66, no. SA 14