La Melodie by Carrier Belleuse
A cast bronze statue called “La Melodie” of a semi nude classically draped maiden half sitting on a high pedestal holding a Lyre in one hand depicting an allegory to music. The bronze sits on a square bronze base stamped with Carrier Belleuse Hors Concours but the bronze itself does not bear the sculpture’s signature. The bronze is very likely an early 20thC casting.
Carrier-Belleuse was born in1824 and began his training as a goldsmith’s apprentice. He studied briefly at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and in later life helped in founding the Society Nationale des Beaux-Arts. While his legacy includes many monuments in Chile, Buenos Aires, Romania, his name is perhaps best known because Auguste Rodin worked as his assistant between 1864 and 1870. The two traveled to Brussel and by some accounts Rodin assisted Carrier-Belleuse’s architectural sculpture for the Brussels Stock Exchange.
Dimensions: 31″ (79 cm ) H x 10″ ( 26 cm ) D x 8″ ( 22 cm ) W