Antoine Bofill (Spanish 1875-1927) Art Nouveau Gilt Bronze Maiden
French Art Nouveau Gilt-Bronze Figural Raised Dish Cast from a model by Antoine Bofill, early 20th century Modeled as a mermaid emerging from a wave and carrying a shell-shaped vessel formed out of the wave, inscribed Bofill.
Height 9 1/2 inches. Width 6.5 Inches, Depth: 5.25 Inches
C Estate of Steven and Anne Ausnit
Condition: Very good with wear to gilt.
Antoine Bofill was a Spanish artist and member of the animalier movement of the 19th century. Best known for his small, decorative bronze sculptures, Bofill often focused on Neoclassical themes, historical scenes, female nudes, and, most frequently, animals. His intricate and realistic works are especially notable for their frequent inclusion of ivory in his miniature bronze casts, an unusual practice that set him apart from the other sculptors of his time. Born in 1875 in Barcelona, Spain, he studied at the Academy of Beaux Arts in Barcelona, Spain, before garnering contact with the Parisian art world. He went on to regularly exhibit in the prestigious salons of Societe des Artistes from 1901 to the mid-1920s. Bofill is thought to have died sometime after 1925.
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