Thursday, September 26, 2013

Agathon Leonard Bronze


We have another estate sale coming up in October.  This sale is chock-full of great antique and vintage items.  In the coming weeks, I'd like to profile some of those items and give a little back-story.  

This blog will focus on a bronze statue by Agathon Léonard (1841-1923).  Léonard was a French Art Nouveau sculptor.  Having studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris, he became a member of Societe des Artistes Francais in 1887 and a member of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts.  In 1900, he was made a chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur.  He is known for his studies of dancers, with his most renowned sculpture inspired by Lois Fuller (pioneer of modern dance), which was displayed as a centerpiece at the 1900 World's Fair at the Pavillon de Sevres in Paris. Leonard has produced works in marble, quartz and ivory.   

The bronze pictured will be offered for sale at the October Claremont sale.

Recent auction results for bronze dancer statues vary, and often command prices in excess of $4000, to a high of $22000 for "Danseuse au Tambourin ", signed, Sussex Frères Paris foundry.