Guiraud Riviere. Pan and Nymph stunning bronze sculpture. Unique

Maurice Guiraud Riviere (1881-1947)

Pan and Nymph.
Lost wax bronze sculpture.
80cm 31cm 17.5cm

Impressive bronze sculpture. circa1920. Lost wax. Magnificent dark brown patina. Signed on the terrace and dedicated to "Monsieur Metais" grandfather of the former owner of this bronze.
Spectacular size and exceptional cast iron quality.
This sculpture, which appears to be a special order, is probably unique.
Guiraud-Riviere, an artist close to the world of entertainment, is clearly inspired by Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" staged by Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes and whose star dancer was Nijinsky.

Interesting detail from a technical point of view, there is on the terrace of this bronze a pellet marked with a fingerprint, that of Guiraud Riviere. At the beginning of the 20th century the science of fingerprints was in its infancy and the artistic community was inspired by it, believing that by using it, the technique would prevent counterfeits.

Spectacular and high quality bronze. Recognized and sought-after artist. An exceptional piece.