An impressive Art Nouveau French bronze figure of a seated nymph gazing at a large conch shell balanced by her right hand. The bronze with striking golden, mid and dark brown variegated patina, signed A Allar, inscribed Susse Freres Editeur Paris and with impressed foundry seal
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Height: 73 cm
Condition: Excellent Condition
André-Joseph Allar (French, 1845 ~ 1926) A renowned sculptor from the south of France, Allar was born in Toulon, but went to Paris to train under Dantan and Cavelier. He achieved considerable success both as a small-scale and an architectural sculptor, winning a series of prizes including the Prix de Rome in 1869, and ultimately being made an officier of the Légion d’Honneur in 1896 and a member of the French Institute in 1905. However, it is in the local museum of native town of Toulon that the main body of his work can be found, including his Achilles and Agamemnon, Hercules finding his dead son, and a number of architectural features which he designed for the facade of the museum and other local buildings. He died in Toulon on April 11, 1926. A street in Marseille has been named in his honor.
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