GALLERIES/Stuart Lochhead Sculpture
Auguste Jean-Maire Carbonneaux
Paris 1769 - Paris 1843
Hercules, after the Antique
Height: 73 cm. (29 in.)
Signed and dated: Carbonneaux 1819
E. Lebon, « Répertoire », in Le fondeur et le sculpteur, Paris, Ophrys (« Les Essais de l’INHA »), 2012 [also available online].
FURTHER INFORMATION:Auguste Jean-Marie Carbonneaux is one of the pioneers of the technique of sand-casting for monumental sculpture. Not a lot is known about his life but a recent publication by E. Lebon (see lit.) has shed some light on his career. Born into a family of metal workers, Carbonneaux is known to be active as a founder from 1814. In 1819 at the request of the celebrated sculptor François-Joseph Bosio (1768-1845) he received the prestigious commission to execute the equestrian statue of Louis XIV for the Place des Victoires, Paris, which was unveiled in 1822. Carbonneaux cast the statue and the two men worked together at least one more time since he also executed in bronze Bosio's large group of Hercules fighting Achelous transformed into a
snake, a statue commissioned by the French royal household in 1822, exhibited at the Salon of 1824 and now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Clearly recognised as being an excellent founder, Carbonneaux was also selected by the Polish-French count Leon Potocki in 1821 to cast the equestrian portrait of the polish statesman and general Josef Poniatowski by Berthel Thorvaldsen. The latter enthusiastically agreed with this choice but the project never came to fruition. Along with these distinguished commissions for monumental sculpture Carbonneaux also produced some statuettes of his own, often after the antique. This rare bronze, after the famous statue known as Farnese Hercules, was produced with the method of
sand-casting in 1819, the same year Carbonneaux received the commission for the equestrian portrait of Louis XIV. Hercules demonstrates the sculptor's mastery of the technique, with crisps details and refined patina.