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A silvered bronze figure of a spinning girl by Louis-Ernest Barrias, shown at the Vienna international exhibition of 1873, estimated at £60,000-80,000 at Chiswick Auctions.

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Consigned from various private sources, the quartet date from the 19th and early 20th centuries and will be offered on March 21.

Among them is a 4ft 1in (1.26m) high silvered bronze figure of a spinning girl. La Jeune Fille de Mégare was made by the Beaux-Arts school sculptor Louis-Ernest Barrias (1841-1905) and shown at the Vienna international exhibition of 1873 together with an identical marble statue of the same size now in the Musée d’Orsay.

Although reductions of Barrias’ other bronzes have come to market in recent years, the auction house believe no such reductions of this sculpture were ever made. It is estimated at £60,000-80,000 and has remained in the same collection for 40 years.

Another of the sculptures is a large 5ft (1.53m) marble figure of a dancing girl by the Italian Ferdinando Vichi (1875-1945). It is estimated at £30,000-50,000.

From an ‘important’ private collection comes another dancing girl carved from 5ft 2in (1.6m) of Carrara marble by Italian sculptor Orazio Andreoni (fl. late 19th century). It is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

Completing the quartet is a 4ft 2in (1.28m) high marble of the goddess Diana by the Manchester-born sculptor Holme Cardwell (1813-95), estimated at £60,000-80,000.

chiswickauctions.co.uk


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