This exceptional bronze casting was produced by one of Paris’ most eminent 19th century Bronziers: Ferdinand Barbedienne. This male figure of ‘day’ is a reduction taken directly from the life-size original carved for the tomb of Giuliano di Lorenzo de Medici in St Lorenzo, Florence. Day sits atop the casket lid opposite a female figure representing night, the female figure accompanied by an owl.
Retaining the original wooden Base and rich patina.
France, circa 1860
Achilles Collas (1795-1859) joined Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1892) to produce bronze reductions after the antique to a discerning international clientele.