A cheerful and lighthearted silvered bronze sculptural bust sitting on a marble base and signed on the back A. Carrier.
Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse French (1824-1887) was a French sculptor. He was one of the founding members of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and was made an officer of the Legion of Honour.
One of the most successful and prolific French sculptors of the mid-19th century, Carrier-Belleuse exhibited regularly in the Paris Salons. Among his apprentices were Rodin, Dalou and Falguière.
The present model, is in the classical Beaux-Arts tradition, and the signature 'A. Carrier' indicates that the work was conceived prior to 1868 when the artist began to sign his works 'A. Carrier-Belleuse'.
The base is 5 inches square, the sculpture is 3.5 inches by 3.25 inches. The bronze is 8 inches tall and the overall height is 10 inches.