Theodore Riviere. Bronze and Ivory Salammbo - Carthage iconic group

Théodore Rivière, French (1857-1912)
A silvered, gilt and patinated bronze and ivory group of Salammbô at Mathô's entitled Carthage.
Salammbô wearing a necklace with a green gem, on an oval base, signed THEODORE RIVIERE CARTHAGE,foundry stamp Susse Freres Editeurs Paris, presented here on a square portoro marble plinth
35cm high without marble base.
Excellent condition. Nothing brokend on ivory !

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.
REFERENCE: sal1204
sold 04 2019 (EU)
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