A captivating bronze figure of an attractive beauty in period attire holding a billiard cue behind her back. The surface with excellent hand chased detail and very rich red/brown and golden patina, signed Vital-Carnu and stamped Societe des Bronzes
Height: 34 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Foundry: Societe des Bronzes
Charles Vital-Cornu , born on in Paris and died on in the same city. A French sculptor he was a pupil of Isidore Pils, Eugène Delaplanche and François Jouffroy. Vital-Cornu started in statuary by obtaining a first class gold medal at the École des Beaux-Arts, soon followed by an honorable mention at the Salon of 1889, for his first works Le Ricochet. In 1882, he received a third class medal for a Camille Desmoulins and a child Narcissus. He made marble and bronze sculptures of various patinas, and participated in several exhibitions organised in Paris by the Society of French Artists, where he won numerous awards, such as an honorable mention in 1880 and 1881, a medal of 3 rd class in 1882. In 1883, he was awarded a travel grant for the Abandoned, a marble statue erected at Parc Monceau . In 1886, the Belles Vendanges earned him a second class medal, after which he was ranked hors concours. At the 1889 World's Fair in Paris, he received a bronze medal, and the following year, at the Salon of 1890, he received seven votes for the medal of honor of the Salon for the marble group entitled Archimedes, martyr of science.
On January 1 , 1896, he was appointed Knight of the Legion of Honor. At the 1900 Universal Exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, he won a silver medal. He is President of the Union of French Artists, and Vice-President since 1893 of the Free Society of French Artists.