Fantastic and impressive bronze sculpture "Carthage" by Theodore Riviere (1857-1912).
Not the fake you can see on the web but the 100% original one with stunning quality carving, original green patina and all signatures and marks (Susse Freres Paris editor marked and stamped).
French. Circa 1900. Excellent condition.
Théodore Rivière was one of the leading Orientalist sculptors. He not only drew on literary texts but travelled extensively in North Africa, the Far East and South America.
This model was exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1895 and at the Paris 1900 Universal Exhibition, where it was considered as one of the Symbolist movement's key exhibits.
A similar group is in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and a plaster-model is in the collection of the Musée des Beaux Arts in Dijon.
Mathô, the chief of the Barbarian soldiers, is depicted dying at the feet of Salammbô, the daughter of his Carthaginian enemy Hamilcar Barca, crying: "I love you, I love you". This scene is taken from Gustave Flaubert's novel, Salammbô, published in 1862.
Kjellberg Pierre, Les bronzes du XIXe siècle, Dictionnaire des sculpteurs, Paris, Les éditions de l'amateur, 1989;
Laure de Margerie, Musée d'Orsay, catalogue sommaire illustré des sculptures, 1986.
Pierre Cadet, Susse Frères: 150 Years of Sculpture, Paris, 1992, p. 45, for the model
Stéphane Richemond, Les Orientalistes: Dictionnaire des Sculpteurs, XIXe-XXe Siècles, Paris, 2008, p. 186