signed: CMarioton [...] Epreuve d'artiste 12 and inscribed: Claudius MARIOTON INVr SCr CiSr
bronze, gilt and silvered patina, on an onyx, red, black and green marble base with silvered and gilt bronze mounts
73.5cm., 29in. high
Overall the condition of the bronze is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is some minor greening to the face and crevices. The reed is cast separately and is a little loose in the hand. There is minor wear to the gilding consistent with age. A patch of wear to the proper left forearm. Natural veining to the marbles which are in very good condition. Original slightly visible joints to the tops of the arms.
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P. Kjellberg, Bronzes of the 19th Century: Dictionary of Sculptors, Atglen, 1994, p. 457-8
The elder brother of the sculptor Eugène Marioton and the painter Jean Alfred Marioton, Claudius Marioton was a regular exhibitor at the Paris Salon from 1873 until his death, displaying busts, medallions and several genre sculptures. He obtained an honourable mention in 1879 and subsequently won several medals in the Salon. He further exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in 1889 and 1900, and became a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1895.
The present Water Nymph combines an elegant figure with an intricate base composed of several different stones. Marioton was particularly praised for skill in combining bronzes with other materials, and the present gilt bronze is a prime example. Stamped 'artist proof', there is a possibility the statue may have been owned by the sculptor himself.