Louis-léon Cugnot (1835-1894) La Fileuse De Procide Large Bronze Subject 87 Cm Circa 1870


“La fileuse de Procide” after the work of Louis-Léon Cugnot, important subject in bronze with medaille patina signed “Cugno”, name of the foundry in part illegible (R……Founders). Around 1870.

H cm 87
Base cm 20 x 20

The full-length statue depicts a young girl from an Italian village on the island of Procida. Delicately dressed in a draped and moulded dress revealing its forms, the antique-styled spinner seems, with her arms raised, to pull a thread of wool from her skein.

Louis Léon Cugnot, French sculptor is the son of statuary Etienne Cugnot. He entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1854 and studied under the sculptors Georges Diebolt and Francisque Duret. He won the first Grand Prix of Rome in sculpture in 1859 for “Mézence wounded, preserved by the intrepidity of his son Lausos” and was a resident of the Villa Medici in Rome from 1860 to 1863. Léon Cugnot exhibited for the first time at the Salon des artistes français from 1863 and he was present there practically every year until 1889: he received several medals, including one at the Exposition Universelle in 1867. His works were famous, notably in the Musée d’Orsay his statue of “Corybante suffocating the cries of Jupiter as a child”, exhibited until 1981 in the Tuileries Garden.



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