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A 19th century French Napoleon III period, signed and stamped terracotta statuette of a fisherboy listening to the sound of the sea in a seashell, a renown work by 19th century French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875).
During his lifetime, Carpeaux made signed terracotta, bronze and Carrara marble copies – some of which can be found in the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, and the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City. This ‘statuette’ is a smaller-scale version of the original "Jeune Pêcheur à la Coquille", a white Carrara marble statue presently on display at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington D.C.
Signed at the rear “J.B. Carpeaux”, this statuette is stamped with the mark of the Parisian foundry "Susse Freres", who were commissioned by J.B. Carpeaux to make exact copies of his works, both in terracotta and in bronze, for the Parisian public. Paris, circa 1875.