Fierce Struggle for a a Proserpina

On 17 June 2018, by La Gazette Drouot
Hiram Powers (1805-1873), “Proserpine”, white marble bust, signed, h. 62 cm.
Result: €41,540

For their fifth sale, this young Béziers-based auction house, whose two auctioneers began working just six months ago, put the spotlight on a very rare marble bust, which fetched €41,540. Forgotten for several generations on the mantlepiece of a bourgeois home, this Proserpina inspired a fierce struggle in the room and by phone. Its creator, the American artist Hiram Powers, whose career spanned the United States and Europe, was an official sculptor in Washington, where he produced Andrew Jackson’s portrait. He also worked in Florence and London, receiving commissions from the aristocracy.

Saturday 16 June 2018 - 14:00 - Catalogue
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