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Alfred Gilbert

United Kingdom (1854 -  1934 ) Wikipedia® : Alfred Gilbert
GILBERT Alfred Labour Of Hercules

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Alfred Gilbert - Comedy And Tragedy

Alfred Gilbert - Comedy And Tragedy

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Lot number: 655
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Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934) - Dark green patinated bronze figure - "Comedy and Tragedy" - Standing naked male figure wearing the mask of Pathos and holding the mask of Comedy in his hands, on narrow circular bronze base, 13ins high (apparently unsigned), mounted on turned and octagonal verde antico marble pedestal, mounted on turned ebonised plinth, 18ins high overall Provenance: From the collection of the Late Lionel Fielden, formerly of Villa Le-Pavernule, Florence, Italy, who set up the BBC in India
Alfred Gilbert - Labour Of Hercules

Alfred Gilbert - Labour Of Hercules

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Lot number: 232
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Four Art Deco moulded glass panels, possibly after a design by Alfred Gilbert, each depicting a 'Labour of Hercules', from a series of twelve: 'The Slaying of the Lernaeon Hydra', 'Capturing the Erymanthian Boar', 'Slaying the Mares of Diomedes', 'The Capture of Cerberus', unmounted, 22cm square (4)
Alfred Gilbert - Figure Of Eros

Alfred Gilbert - Figure Of Eros

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Lot number: 443
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Alfred Gilbert (British, 1854-1934) A bronze figure of Eros

later cast from the original maquette held at the Tate Gallery, the figure standing on a square naturalistic base with verdigris patination, 61cm high

Footnotes

Executed in around 1984, the present lot is one of two later casts taken from the original maquette of Eros held in the Tate Gallery. The original bronze cast of the maquette was presented by Sir Alfred Gilbert to his school, Aldenham in Hertfordshire in the early part of the 20th century but was stolen in the early 1980s. As such the Tate Gallery granted permission to the school for a replacement bronze cast to made taken from the original maquette. At this time a reproduction cast was also commissioned by one of the School's alumus for their personal enjoyment.
Alfred Gilbert - Victory

Alfred Gilbert - Victory

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Lot number: 33
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Alfred Gilbert
1854 - 1934
BRITISH
VICTORY
silvered bronze, on an agate, bronze and serpentine marble base
27cm., 10½in overall
RELATED LITERATURE
R. Dorment (ed.), 
Alfred Gilbert. Sculptor and Goldsmith
, exh. cat. Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1986, pp. 126-129, no. 34
Alfred Gilbert - Perseus Arming

Alfred Gilbert - Perseus Arming

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Lot number: 93
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Sir Alfred Gilbert, R.A.
1854 - 1934
PERSEUS ARMING
stamped with Gilbert's cipher with the double ampersand
bronze, green-brown patina, on a green marbleised wood base
figure: 72cm., 28 3/8 in.
base: 103cm., 40 1/2 in.
Catalogue Note
This magnificent bronze is one of the finest sculptures by Alfred Gilbert to have been offered on the art market in recent years. Perseus Arming is arguably the sculptor's most recognisable and desirable model. The present cast is of the rare largest size, and is almost certainly one of the ten casts of the model made under Gilbert's supervision at the Compagnie des Bronzes foundry in Belgium between 1901 and 1920. The cipher with a double ampersand which appears on the present bronze is Gilbert's authenticity stamp; he developed three such cachets after 1903, the others featuring his initials, or a treble clef.
The Perseus comprises one of Gilbert's three \‘autobiographical\’\’ bronzes, the others being – Icarus and Comedy and Tragedy. These three models represent Gilbert during his most creative decade from 1881 to 1892, from his mid-twenties to his maturity in his late thirties. The idea was, as Gilbert described it, to take \‘an old fable\’\’ and move on from the literal text to \‘that which is implied'. Perseus and Icarus have direct mythological reference, whilst Comedy and Tragedy is an original subject with a clear Grecian reference in the mask of Tragedy. As a group their potency is created by Gilbert'\’\’s reinterpretation of classical subjects and artistic references, which whilst being timeless themes, we perceive through Gilbert\’\’'s eyes, thereby making us see them afresh. So, in Perseus' attributes – the winged helmet and sandal – we clearly identify the mythological character, but the moment in which he is represented has no iconographic reference. Here he is shown in a moment of introspection, of vulnerability, of natural unselfconscious eloquence. It is a view of the mythological character which we have never seen before.
Gilbert made his plaster model of Perseus Arming in Rome in the winter of 1880-1 and exhibited the lost-wax bronze cast at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1882. It was received with critical acclaim both in London and at the Paris Salon the following year, where it earned Gilbert an honourable mention and secured his international recognition as the foremost British sculptor of his generation.
Commenting on his success in Paris, Gilbert wrote that it '\‘gave me great encouragement to continue the task I had set myself- that was, to go on writing my own history by symbol'\’\’. Gilbert\’\’s description of Perseus Arming continues: '\‘I conceived the idea that Perseus before becoming a hero was a mere mortal, and that he had to look to his equipment\’\’ and so Gilbert quite literally depicts Perseus looking over his shoulder to inspect his winged sandal: \‘a youth vulnerable, untested, but equipping himself for the trials of life\’\’'.
RELATED LITERATURE R. Dorment, Alfred Gilbert, New Haven and London, 1985, pp. 44-46; R. Dorment, Alfred Gilbert Sculptor and Goldsmith, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1986, pp.106-8, nos 10-11; S. Calloway and L. Federle Orr (eds.), The Cult of Beauty. The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900, exh. cat. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2011, pp. 242-245
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