This original sculpture depicts a nude woman asleep on a divan, her dream of embracing her lover, amidst a group of putti, is displayed above her recumbent form. Beautifully detailed with a fine old patina, it measures approx. 15 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches, a nice weighty piece, the plaque almost 2 1/4 inches in depth. It has Deloye's incised signature in the lower right and has a number of condition issues; top left corner chipped away, the whole cracked in half and mended long ago, the crack is visible across the thigh of the putto with torch across through the shoulder of the upended putto, the lower right corner to the right of the divan leg has been replaced with unfired terra cotta filler. Keep in mind this is not a production piece but an original unique study modelled by the artist.He was a student of François Jouffroy and Jean-Pierre Dantan at the École des beaux-arts de Paris. In 1862, he was awarded second place for sculpture in the Prix de Rome.
Gustave Deloye was a frequent exhibitor at the Salon and received several commissions for monuments from the French government. Among his most outstanding works are the caryatids at the Château de Chenonceaux, the Château de La Boissière, and the Château d'Aynac. His best known work is a monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi (1891) commissioned by the city of Nice.
That same year, he contributed two bas-reliefs for a monument to Juan Santamaría, a national hero of Costa Rica, in Alajuela, created by his friend Aristide Croisy. In 1892, Deloye was awarded a Knighthood in the French Legion of Honor.
He also created numerous decorative works at public buildings in Vienna, Rome and St. Petersburg and smaller figures for the Meissen Porcelain factory. His statue of Mark the Evangelist on a winged lion is on display at the Musée d'Orsay. The item "ANTIQUE FRENCH SCULPTURE Unique GUSTAVE DELOYE The Dream 19th CENTURY Nude" is in sale since Saturday, January 30, 2021. This item is in the category "Art\Art Sculptures".
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