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French Master Sculptor Emile Louis Picault (1833–1915)

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sun, Dec 22, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Émile Louis Picault was a French sculptor who worked with bronze sculpture and medallions as well as plaster. Producing over 50 magnificent pieces, Picault’s subject matter was dominated by allegorical, mythological, and patriotic heroes such as those seen in the Nile Delta, in Egypt, during the Napoleon era.

Mr. Picault studied under Louis Royer in Paris from 1860-1909 though his pieces were not publicly released until 1863. Many of his works were later cast and reproduced.  Today his work is on display at the Chambery Museum, the Clermont-Ferrand Museum, the Maubeuge Museum and the Troyes Museum in Paris, France as well as many in private collections.

EgyptiansEGYPTIAN STATUETTES IN BRONZE BY EMILE PICAULT

The most popular of his bronze figures depict Egyptian heroes. The elaborate costumes and headdresses on these statuettes commemorated the romantic embellishments of the Napoleonic era. Unlike many other great artists, Picault did enjoy commercial success during his lifetime.

The intricate detail of these warriors and heroic figures is breathtaking. Each piece communicates a statement about the character and purpose of the subject. Many of Picault’s sculptures are labeled with a Latin or French motto.

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PRO JURE IN BRONZE BY EMILE PICAULT, CURRENTLY IN THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

One fine example is the bronze sculpture “Pro Jure” which is interpreted in English as “Fight for Justice.” This elegant 19-inch sculpture sits upon a block of marble. The warrior is scantily clad revealing perfect shaping of his muscular development. There is a cloth loosely draped from his waist which wraps around one of the warrior's legs. The shape of the warrior’s shield, helmet, and sword are less defined so as not to compete with the perfect depiction of the human body. To complete the communique, Picault has included a few objects at the feet of the warrior to represent the spoils of war, accompanied by the Latin phrase “PRO JURE,” which is interpreted in English as “Fight for Justice” and his signature “E. PiCAULT.”

Because Picault’s work was often reproduced, it is important to verify the authenticity of any piece. If there is a foundry mark present and there is a hole drilled beneath its seal, it can be assumed to be an original, not a reproduction.

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STRIKING STATUE OF BRONZE - BY PICAULT - HEBE THE GODDESS OF YOUTH

Due to the popularity of his work, Picault was commissioned to produce many other statues. The subjects included monuments for important community figures, warriors, knights and musicians. His outstanding talent was recognized many times with prestigious awards and widespread reproduction of his work.

Raleigh DeGeer Amyx is an American collector of museum-quality artifacts. Since he was a young boy, Mr. Amyx has enjoyed finding collectibles, studying their origin, listening to the stories behind them, and sharing them with others. Mr. Amyx has spent more than 30 years building his expertise in the area of American historically-significant quality relics and memorabilia.

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OTHELLO AND DESDOMONA - A CARVED MEDALLION BY EMILE PICAULT

The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection consists of a wide array of items that belonged to American Presidents and First Ladies, White House China collections, Olympians, sports heroes, and many other important people and significant events. Mr. Amyx is widely recognized for his expertise and is often called upon by government, commercial, and private entities to consult on historically significant pieces.

Mr. Amyx has a particular fondness for artwork. He is proud to have found the original bronze sculpture “Pro Jure” by Emile Picault in his own many travels.

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RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX - HISTORIAN AND COLLECTOR OF HISTORICAL ARTIFACTS

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