JEAN JULES SALMSON (FRENCH, 1823-1902): A PAIR OF BRONZE FIGURES OF ARABS, ‘LA PORTEUSE’ AND ‘LE GUERRIER ARABE’
the female carrying an urn and looking to sinister, the male with a rifle, both in long flowing robes and raised on naturalistic bases, signed ‘SALMSON’, mid to dark brown patination,
56cm high (2)
H. Berman, ‘Bronzes Sculptors & Founders’, Abage Encyclopedia, Chicago, 1980, Vol. IV, page 951 and page 1035.
P. Kjellberg, ‘Les Bronzes du XIXe Siecle’, Les Editions de L’Amateur, Paris, pages 609 and 610.
Sotheby’s Paris, 19 October 2006, lot 29, sold 14,000 euros, a pair of this model of the same size.
Salmson exhibited regularly at the Salon from 1859, and worked on various monuments in Paris including those at L’Opera, les Tuileries, and le tribunal de Commerce. As well as being known for his Orientalist subject matter he is known for his statues of great historical figures such as Shakespeare, Rubens, Hamlet and Byron. The present pair are perhaps his best known figures and he modelled the female figure in 1880 and the male in 1875.