Classical bronze sculpture with two dancing Bacchantes was executed in 19th century by French sculptor Henry Etienne Dumaige (1830-1888). He studied sculpture under Féuchère and Dumont. He exhibited his sculptures depicting groups, statues, and busts at the Salon from 1863-1886. He is most known for his statuettes of dancers and historical French figures. He sculpted a large number of busts, groups and statuettes in marble, plaster and bronze, including this statuettes of Desmoulins and another of Rabelais.
In 1864 he exhibited a group in bronze entitled " L´âge d´or", "Hero", in 1864, "Retour des champs" in 1866, a marble bust of Moliere in 1872, a statuette entitled Francois Rabelais in terra-cotta in 1873, a statue in marble for the city hall in Tours in 1880, "Camille Desmoulins" in plaster 1882, and "Patrie", a bronze in 1886. Different works were cast in bronze, in particular, dancers, as well as works entitled, Salome, and Esmeralda, and also a grenadier of 1792 entitled Après les combat, a reduction of Camille Desmoulins.
Literature: in German: Thieme/Becker 1999; in French: Bénézit, E. Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, Gründ, 1999; Bellier de la Chavignerie, E. & L. Auvray. Dictionnaire général des artistes de l´école française (Bellier-Auvray) (1887) 5 v.Lami, S. Dictionnaire des Sculpteurs de l´école française (1921) 8 v.
Inscription: signed on the base.
Technique: bronze, dark brown patina.
Measurements: h. 19 3/4 " ( 50 cm )
Condition: in very good condition.