A fine antique bronze by prominent art nouveau era sculptor Francois-Raoul Larche. (French, 1860-1912). The subject is a male at twenty years old holding a sword, and is titled “Vingt Ans”. His expression is determined and his form is fit from training. The scabbard lays on the gound at his feet. Details are skillfully rendered and it has a wonderful gilt gold bronze patina, Circa 1900.
Raoul Larche is inscribed on one side of the base and a foundry mark on the back: SIOT Paris, 348K.
Measures: Height: 10 inches
Width and depth: 3.5 inches
Condition: Very Good with bends to sword and wear to gilding.
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François-Raoul Larche (1860 in Saint-André-de-Cubzac – 1912 in Paris) was a French Art Nouveau sculptor whose work included several figures of Christ, but who may be better known for his numerous female figures, both nude and draped.
He was one of several artists inspired by the dancer Loie Fuller; one of his best-known statues depicts Fuller dancing with part of her drapery billowing above and behind her head like a flame.
Another well-known sculpture, Les Violettes, depicts a group of nude children with an older girl who may be their mother or older sister. Their bodies are entwined with flower stems and leaves and they are all wearing petal bonnets, suggesting that they are meant to represent the spirits of flowers.
Please also consider Avantique’s eclectic bronze collection including Barye, Barrias, Mene, Moigniez, Paillet, Paillard, Fratin, Picault, Tiffany Studios, and Cain among others. We strive to collect the highest quality sculptures in exceptional condition.