Antique bronze sculpture David after the combat.

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Antique bronze sculpture David after the combat signed by Antonin Mercié, With Founders signature Barbedienne Paris and the Collas seal. 
Bronze with brown patina.
France 1880. 

A life-size nude version of this model, was exhibited at the Salon of 1872 where it not only won a first class medal but also brought Mercié the distinction of being the only artist to receive the Cross of the Legion of Honor while still a student at the French Academy in Rome. This bronze is now in the Musée d' Orsay.

Artist / Maker Antonin Mercié
Signature/ Marks A. Mercié, Barbedienne Paris, Collas seal.
Style Antique.
Date 1880
Material Bronze with brown patina.
Origin France
Size (cm) H. 75 cm. x L. 34 cm. x W. 27 cm. 

Size (inches) H. 29.5 inch x L. 13.4 inch x W. 10.6 inch.
Condition Very good.
Literature

This sculpture is illustrated in:
Les bronzes de XIXe siècle, Pierre Kjellberg, Les éditions des amateurs.
Bronzes, sculptors and founders, Berman, Abage.
The dictionary of sculptors in bronze, James Mackay. 
About the founder:
Dictionnaire des foundeurs de bronze d’art, Elizabeth Lebon.
Marjon éditions. 

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