Sir Alfred Gilbert R.A. (English, 1854-1934): A rare large bronze figure of 'Perseus Arming'

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Lot 33
Sir Alfred Gilbert R.A. (English, 1854-1934): A rare large bronze figure of 'Perseus Arming'

£ 40,000 - 60,000
US$ 57,000 - 85,000
Sir Alfred Gilbert R.A. (English, 1854-1934): A rare large bronze figure of 'Perseus Arming'
the classical male nude wearing a winged helmet and holding his sword in his left hand, his right foot shod in a winged sandal, on circular moulded plinth base, dark black-brown patination, 71cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    George Broad, Owner of George Brown and Sons, founders, who cast this work.
    Alice Salmon (nee Broad)
    Thence by descent.

    George Broad established his fine art metal foundry after taking over the family business upon his father Roberts death in 1894. The current lot was cast at the Broad foundry.

    George Broad had two sisters, Caroline and Alice who married the brothers Michael and Lewis Salmon. When George Broad went bankrupt and emigrated to Canada just prior to the First World War he left his collection of sculptures, probably taken from Alfred Gilbert in lieu of monies owed to his sisters. The current lot is by family repute one of these sculptures.

    Exhibited:
    Sir Alfred Gilbert & The New Sculpture, British Sculpture 1850-1930, The Fine Art Society PLC, in association with Robert Bowman Gallery, London, Pub. Image Connection, London, Exhibition cat. p. 44-45, illus. p. 45

    Literature:
    Alfred Gilbert, Sculptor and Goldsmith, Richard Dorment, Royal Academy of Arts, Exhibition 1986, Weiden and Nicolson, London, Exhibition cat., cat. no. 10, p.106-7, Perseus illus. p.106
    Alfred Gilbert, Richard Dorment, Paul Mellon Centre for studies in British Art, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1985, Perseus illus. plate 16, p. 39
    Susan Beattie, The New Sculpture, Yale University Press, London 1985, chapter 6 "The Search for a New Aesthetic", Perseus illus. plate 129
    The Fine Art Society, Gibson to Gilbert - British Sculpture 1840-1914, Exhibition 1992, London, Exhibition cat. p 53-55, Perseus illus. pate 24
    Isabel McAllister, Alfred Gilbert A & C Black Ltd, London 1929, Perseus reference p.55-57 and illus. p.24
    Michael Forrest, Art Bronzes, Schiffer Publications, Pennsylvania 1988, p. 322
    Jermey Cooper, 19th Century Romantic Bronzes, David and Charles, London, 1975, p. 70-75, Perseus illus. p.70
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Sir Alfred Gilbert R.A. (English, 1854-1934): A rare large bronze figure of 'Perseus Arming'
Sir Alfred Gilbert R.A. (English, 1854-1934): A rare large bronze figure of 'Perseus Arming'
Sir Alfred Gilbert R.A. (English, 1854-1934): A rare large bronze figure of 'Perseus Arming'
Sir Alfred Gilbert R.A. (English, 1854-1934): A rare large bronze figure of 'Perseus Arming'
Sir Alfred Gilbert R.A. (English, 1854-1934): A rare large bronze figure of 'Perseus Arming'
Sir Alfred Gilbert R.A. (English, 1854-1934): A rare large bronze figure of 'Perseus Arming'
Sir Alfred Gilbert R.A. (English, 1854-1934): A rare large bronze figure of 'Perseus Arming'
Sir Alfred Gilbert R.A. (English, 1854-1934): A rare large bronze figure of 'Perseus Arming'
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