EVGENI ALEXANDROVICH LANCERAY (RUSSIAN, 1848-1886): A GILT BRONZE EQUESTRIAN STATUE OF THE EMIR OF BOKHARA
the mounted figure wearing a kaftan and ornate turban fitted with an emerald paste jewel, his richly caparisoned horse standing on a naturalistic base signed ‘LANCERAY’, raised on an oval Verde Antico marble plinth,
48cm high, 52cm high overall
An identical bronze was sold at Sotheby’s, New York, 20 May 1994, lot 29, also with the emerald coloured paste gem set in the turban.
This bronze was probably cast by the prestigious Parisian foundry Susse Freres, who were authorised to edit Lanceray’s bronzes and produced a catalogue of 123 models including the present sculpture. The Russian foundry Chopin also cast his bronzes and these feature his signature in Russian Cyrillic text rather than the English version that appears on the present bronze.
Pierre Cadet, ‘Susse Freres 150 Years of Sculpture’, Paris 1992, pp45-6, fig.75.