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Félicie De Fauveau

Italy (Livorno 1799 -  Firenze 1886 )
DE FAUVEAU Félicie St. Elizabeth Of Hungary

May 21, 2014
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Félicie De Fauveau - Santa Reparata

Félicie De Fauveau - Santa Reparata

Original 1855
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Net Price
Lot number: 160
Félicie De Fauveau - Fontaine Dite Au Triton (triton Fountain)

Félicie De Fauveau - Fontaine Dite Au Triton (triton Fountain)

Original 1855


Lot number: 91
Félicie de Fauveau (1801-1886) and Hippolyte de Fauveau (active 19th century)
French, circa 1855

signed: HF de FAUVEAU.

Saravezza white marble

57cm., 22½in.

private collection, France
Paris, Exposition universelle, 1855, no. 5121;
Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne, Historial de la Vendée, Félicie de Fauveau. L'amazone de la sculpture, 2013, no. 55;
Paris, Musée d'Orsay, Félicie de Fauveau. L'amazone de la sculpture, 2013, no. 55
A. Aldini, La Revue franco-italienne, 1855, p. 313, no. 40; A. J. du Pays, L\’\’Illustration, vol. XVII, 1856, p. 123;
S. Lami, Dictionnaire des sculpteurs français, vol. II, Paris, 1916, pp. 346-348;
J. Barbotte, Félicie de Fauveau, héroïne vendéenne et sculpteur romantique, 1801-1886, unpublished, Paris, l\’\’école du Louvre, 1971, pp. 46-47;
H. Becquet et al., Félicie de Fauveau: L\’\’Amazone de la Sculpture, exh. cat. Musée d\’\’Orsay, Paris, 2013, pp. 315, 336-337, fig. 126, no. 55
Catalogue Note
Félicie de Fauveau is an extraordinary figure in the history of sculpture. A rare female exponent of the art, she was also a political rebel – an ardent Royalist who literally took up arms against a usurper king. Her art was fuelled by a Medieval fervour for the monarchy and the church and these twin themes dominate her oeuvre.
Fauveau was born in Italy in 1801, but grew up mostly in Paris. She discovered a passion for sculpture at an early age and after her father died in 1826, leaving the family in straightened circumstances, she began a career in art which would provide for her mother and siblings. She first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1827 with two reliefs, one based on Walter Scott\’\’s The Abbot and the other a scene from the life of Queen Christina of Sweden. The later was purchased by the State and is in the collection of the Louvre in Paris.
The young sculptor\’\’s burgeoning success was interrupted by the deposition of Charles X and the installation of Louis-Philippe as King of the French in August 1830. Fauveau remained loyal to the Bourbon line and fled to the Vendée region of France to help her friend, the comtesse de la Rochejaquelein, who was attempting to gather an army to resist the new king. Armed and dressed as a man, Fauveau accompanied the countess through the countryside to drum up support for their rebellion. The two women were eventually caught by the king\’\’s soldiers who found them hiding in a bread oven in a farmhouse not far from the countess\’\’s chateau. After helping her friend to escape Fauveau spent seven months in prison. She returned to the rebellion just four months after her release. She was again arrested and this time forced to leave France. Using false papers she was able to re-enter Paris and empty her studio before travelling to Florence.
Lorenzo Bartolini arranged for Fauveau to take an atelier on the Piazza del Carmine and it became a popular destination for Grand Tourists passing through the city. An English traveller called Mrs Boyd described the unusual workshop: \‘Sculpture here is not an essentially Pagan art. Here are no goddesses, nymphs, or cupids; it is Christian art, Christian art of the Medieval period: saints, angels, cherubs throng the walls.\’\’
The present fountain group is thus atypical in subject matter, but the delicacy and sweetness of the sculpture are characteristic of Fauveau\’\’s style. The artist collaborated with her brother, Hippolite, on the group. He also worked with her on the jewellery designs she produced and the elaborate detail is reminiscent of those works in silver and gold.
The fountain was exhibited together with its bowl, now lost, at the Exposition Universelle in 1855. It was one of three sculptures sent by the artist, including also a silver crucifix and her St Dorothée. The fountain remained in France, first at the Froment-Meurice atelier and then with the dealer André Giroux, before being purchased by a private collector.
Félicie De Fauveau - St. Elizabeth Of Hungary

Félicie De Fauveau - St. Elizabeth Of Hungary



Lot number: 14
Probably that commissioned by Alexandra Fiodorovna, Empress of Russia, circa 1846;

given to Karl Alexander August Johann, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Eisenach;

private collection, Berlin

Félicie de Fauveau


1799 - 1886


signed: F




91.5 by 66cm., 36 by 26in.

Overall the condition of the metal is good with dirt and some wear to the surface consistent with age, with particular dirt in the crevices. There is some rubbing to the patina, including at the crown and to the edge of one of the drapery folds on the reverse. There are a few minor moisture stains and patches, and minor patches of greening, including in the cavity formed by the drapery held in her proper left hand.
Félicie De Fauveau - Louise-joséphine-isabelle De Rohan-chabot

Félicie De Fauveau - Louise-joséphine-isabelle De Rohan-chabot

Original 1839


Lot number: 132
Félicie de Fauveau, 1799 - 1886 LOUISE-JOSÉPHINE-ISABELLE DE ROHAN-CHABOT, CIRCA 1839 signed F. de FAUVEAU Bis Fit white marble small bust ; on a pink marble base 28,5 x 20 x 10,5 cm; 11 by 7 4/5 by 4 in.
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