A stunning clay bust of a female in the renaissance style by Auguste Henri Carli.
Auguste Carli was born on 12 July 1868 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. Carli designed two statues on either side of the main staircase of the Gare de Marseille-Saint-Charles. Additionally, he designed a sculpture on the building of the Caisse d'Epargne on the corner of Cours Pierre Puget and Place Estrangin in Marseille. He designed a fountain with a sculpture of Amphitrite on the Place Joseph Etienne for Joseph Hippolyte Etienne (1790-1881), which was dedicated in 1906. He also designed a statue of Jesus Christ and Saint Veronica, which is displayed inside the Marseille Cathedral.
This Auguste Carli bust was made in Belgium in a series produced for the local market in the early 20th century. The back of the bust bears all necessary marks namely Auguste Henri Carli's signature, serial number and the 'Made In Belgium' stamp.
The bust exudes poise and has exceptional attention to the detail throughout.
There is a small chip to the left side of the pedestal and a few marks commensurate with age (please see photographs), but overall the piece remains in a very good condition and extremely attractive with a wonderful patina.