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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

If you share this interest in historically significant memorabilia, Mr. Amyx welcomes the opportunity to open a confidential discussion about items in his collection as well as any inquiries regarding the purchase, sale or trade of collectibles. If you would like to speak with Mr. Amyx, he can be reached by using the button below.

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Bruno Zach Sculpture: A Reflection Of The Roaring 1920's

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 @ 04:27 PM

An international art exhibition at the 1925 World’s Fair in Paris was said to be the unveiling of many avant-garde ideas that ended the Art Nouveau period and established the foundation for the Art Deco period.

1925 World's Fair Poster

THE 1925 WORLD'S FAIR BEGAN THE ART DECO ERA

Throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s, exotic subject matter dominated the art world, particularly in sculpture. Displaying the energy and optimism of the flapper era, subjects were primarily animal figures such as gazelles and panthers and intricately-detailed female figures such as dancers, clowns, and athletes. In addition, these works evoke the sordid demi-monde of the 1930's Berlin cabarets. The dominant sculptural medium was bronze. Compared to clay and marble, bronze was favored for its stability, particularly concerning figures in action.  

Representative Art Deco bronze sculpture
THE LEVEL OF DETAIL IS AMAZING

Bruno Zach's sculpting process was very cumbersome.  It involved creating a mold with a clay form and an exterior shell of wax and wood. Liquefied bronze alloy was then poured into the form.  As it expanded slightly while setting, it facilitated the separation of the form from its shell. The results typically included lifelike details with distinguished coloration and unmatched stability, even when exposed to the elements. Unfortunately, many of these bronze sculptures were destroyed during times of war in order to produce weapons.  

Vienna Academy of Fine Arts

THE VIENNA ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS

There were many centers of art during the Art Deco period but one of particular interest was the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. Artists came from all areas of Austria, as well as Germany, the Ukraine and Europe to study with masters and practice their craft in the city’s foundries.  

The naked rider by Josef Muellner

THE NAKED RIDER BY JOSEF MÜELLNER (1908)

One of the dominant professors at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts was Austrian sculptor Josef Müllner (1879-1968). Although his work was brilliant in form some of his pieces caused much debate and controversy. He had been commissioned to produce many pieces for the German leadership, including a bust of Hitler. Although he accepted the work, he was reported to have detested the Nazi regime.

The Diver by Ferdinand Preiss
THE DIVER BY FERDINAND PREISS

Another great influencer in the Vienna Art Deco community was German sculptor Ferdinand Preiss (1882-1943). Beginning as a young ivory-carver’s apprentice, Preiss began with small ivory statuettes of children and later transitioned to painted bronze with ivory.

Dancer in bronze and ivory by Bruno Zach

DANCER IN BRONZE AND IVORY BY BRUNO ZACH

The work of Bruno Zach (1891-1945), a Ukrainian sculptor, closely resembles the work of Preiss. Zach studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under Hans Bitterlich and Josef Müllner and created bronze or bronze and ivory statuettes. His subjects were tall, athletic, highly-sophisticated women often dressed in leather trouser suits, insolently smoking cigarettes. Many of his works depicted popular American icons such as cowboys on horseback.  

Cowboy by Bruno Zach

COWBOY BY BRUNO ZACH

He was particularly inspired by erotic affection. Many of his best pieces were inspired by the flow of erotic affection: exquisite forms of scantily dressed women and couples dancing or otherwise intertwined. Honing his skills through work at varies foundries in Vienna, Zach gained great recognition with his sculptures of dancing women.

Horse and Woman by Bruno Zach

BRUNO ZACH'S HORSE & WOMAN IN BRONZE & IVORY (1925)
FROM THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION

The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection features an important piece of Zach’s work: the striking “Horse & Woman” (1925), masterful combination of bronze and ivory on a marble base. The horse stands calmly behind a female rider as she adjusts her gloves. The elegant lines and fine detail make this piece the center attraction of any room. If you are interested in acquiring, in the future, this magnificent piece for your collection, contact Mr. Amyx for a confidential discussion.

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NOBLEWOMAN - IMPRESSIVE MEDITERRANEAN SCUPTURE - CIRCA 1825

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 @ 02:05 PM


In 1967, Historian & Collector, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx was on Another Virginia Country-Side Venture In and Around Appomattox; the Site of the Surrender of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia; Commanded by General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. Circumstances Graced Mr. Amyx with an Opportunity to meet a Three Generation Former Slave Family. Their Forefathers were once Owned by a Prominent Virginia Slave-Owning Family. It was During an Extended Exchange with that once Slave Family that Mr. Amyx was Gifted with the Impressive Sculpture just below.

NOBLEWOMAN|EARLY 19TH CENTURY SCULPTURE|MEDITERRANIAN SCULPTURE|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|THE IMPOSING - "NOBLEWOMAN" - BY A GIFTED BUT UNKNOWN ARTIST - CIRCA 1825

As it turned out, this Dramatic Piece had Once Been the Property of the Virginia Slave Owners. The Slave Family had Removed it from the Slave Owner’s Ante-Bellum Mansion as the Union Army began to Quickly Encompass the Appomattox Area in 1865. The Ever-Loyal Slave Family had Stored the Sculpture in the Attic area above their Slave Quarters. At the time, Mr. Amyx was Gifted the Sculpture, there were Numerous Mud Dauber’s Nests in and around the Multiple Crevices of this Splendid Piece. When Mr. Amyx arrived Home in the D.C. Area of Virginia, he hurriedly took the Sculpture to the shower. After ten minutes, all the Dirt and Mud that had Accumulated on this Elegant Piece over a 102 Year Period of Time Finally Concluded its run to and through the shower’s drain. The Sculpture was Suddenly Transformed into the Captivating Elegance which appears above.

NOBLEWOMAN SCULPTURE|MEDITERRANIAN SCULPTURE|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|A VIVID CLOSE-UP OF THE BEAUTIFUL FACIAL DETAILS OF "NOBLEWOMAN" - CIRCA 1828

Later, Mr. Amyx had this Beautiful Piece Examined at the National Portrait Gallery (the Mellon Art Gallery – Pictured below) in Washington D.C. Experts Employed by the Gallery made Copious Notes, Examined and Photographed; and attributed the Sculpture to an unknown Artist, of Extraordinary Talent, in the Mediterranean Area (circa 1815-1830).

the antional portrait gallery|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection|the mellon art gallery|THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY - WASHINGTON, D.C.

Neither National Portrait Gallery Expert had ever seen another Example like it. A young Mr. Amyx was More Than Appropriately Pleased. Accordingly, he has Pridefully Displayed this Exquisite Example in his Home, since 1967. And that was some 44 years ago. In the near future, this Impressive piece of Art, from The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection, will be shared with an Institution or another collector of note. It is Important to consider the long term preservation of such an historic piece of art.

raleigh degeer amyx|the raleigh degeer amyx collection|the american heritage collection|HISTORIAN & COLLECTOR - RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX - FOLLOWING RESEARCH AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS - 2010

 



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