La Pêche by Duchoiselle

  • This impressive figure was crafted by the 19th-century French sculptor Duchoiselle
  • The female nude, representing fishing, is draped in netting, evoking a likeness to a Greek goddess
  • The piece boasts an astonishing level of detail, including a delicate seashell necklace
  • Duchoiselle is renowned for his expressive, detailed sculptures depicting Native Americans
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Item No. 31-2383

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1801-1900 | French

La Pêche
(Allegory Of Fishing)

Bronze with a brown and parcel-gilt patina
Signed “Duchoiselle”

This remarkable bronze figure is distinguished by its extraordinary execution and exceptional level of detail. A popular 19th-century subject for both American and European sculptors, the romanticized figure of the Native American emerged as an artistic personification of the country itself in her earthy beauty. Simultaneously Greek goddess and native Indian princess, this figure came to represent a merging of the neoclassical with the new iconography of America.

An allegory for fishing, the idealized figure is presented upon her oblong boat draped in a fishing net, which mimics the classical robes of antiquity. A delicate necklace of seashells rests around her graceful neck, while her elaborate feather headdress further reveals her Native American inspiration. Duchoiselle is celebrated for the astonishing detail of his works, and the present piece is certainly no exception.

There is little known about the life of the French sculptor Duchoiselle. In 1882, he is recorded as the supplier of ceiling reliefs for the Louvre and Garnier Opera in Paris. Today, he is best remembered for his romanticized, neoclassical Native American subjects.

This work is pictured on in Art Bronzes by M. Forrest and Bronzes of the 19th Century by P. Kjellberg.

Circa 1860

36 1/2" wide x 11 1/2" deep x 24 3/8" high 
La Pêche by Duchoiselle
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: France
Type: Sculpture
Depth: 11.5 Inches
Width: 36.5 Inches
Height: 24.38 Inches
Style: Academic

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