Alfred Jacquemart (1824-1896) An inportant and rare magnificent early sculpture of a standing lion in exemplary detail by Jacquemart Circa 1845. The male lion is posed looking ahead as many of Jacquemart’s sculpture look over many cities in France. The detailed chiseling, flecks of patina and mastery of this bronze is bar far the great end I have ever owned. I have over 10 Quality Barye bronzes; though different in style and composition as master animalier artists, this sculpture looks to be the master of masters. Bronze with green, brown and red patina. Antique edition cast.
Signed on the embankment. “A. JACQUEMART”
Measures: height 20 cm (7.8 in), length 33.5 cm (13.2 in), depth 9 cm (3.8 in)
Henri Alfred Marie Jacquemart (24 February 1824, in Paris – 4 January 1896, in Paris), often known as Alfred Jacquemart, was a noted French sculptor and animalier. He usually signed his works: A. Jacquemart. Jacquemart studied under painter Paul Delaroche and sculptor Jean Baptiste Jules Klagmann. He entered the École des Beaux-Arts in 1845. Jacquemart exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1847–1879, receiving medals in 1857, 1863 and 1865.
Jacquemart traveled in Egypt and Turkey gaining the styles of these two Moslem cultures. He was commissioned by the city of Alexandria, Egypt to do the colossal stature of Mehemet Ali but he earned his reputation as a sculptor from his many monuments in France. Like Isidore Bonheur he provided several of his models to the Christofle Goldsmith Shop and these were cast in both solid silver and silver over bronze. He sculpted in large, medium and small scale. Many of his works were cast in bronze by the Val d’ Osne foundry and some by the silversmith Christofle.Ultimately, however, he earned his reputation for his many larger animal works. In 1870 Jacquemart became a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur.
Jacquemart died suddenly at his apartment in the Rue de Babylone, Paris on the night of 4 January 1896. His funeral was delayed until 13 January for the arrival of his son, Maurice, who lived in Tunis and was held at the Eglise Saint Thomas d’Aquin, Paris.