François-Raoul Larche (1860 - 1912)

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François-Raoul Larche (1860 - 1912)

'Sinnierender Krieger' (The Thoughtful Warrior) - A Bronze Figure

FRANCE, Circa 1890

REF No. B73172

Inscribed to the reverse 'SIOT DECAUVILLE Fondeur / Paris'. Inscribed to the bronze 'a M. W. Waddington /ambassadeur de France a Londres / 1883 - 1893 / la Colonie francaise'.


Height :140 cm | 67¹/₈ in


'Sinnierender Krieger' (The Thoughtful Warrior) - A Large Patinated Bronze Figure by François-Raoul Larche, Cast by Siot Decauville.

The sculpture is raised on a raised on an oak plinth base carved with acanthus leaves to the corners.

Siot-Decauville was one of the best known Parisian art foundries active from the second half of the nineteenth century to the first few decades of the twentieth. The foundry was established by Edmond Siot-Decauville in 1860 at 8-10 Rue Villehardouin together with an exhibition gallery at 24 Boulevard des Italiens. The foundry specialised in reproducing in bronze works of renowned artists of the time including: Meissonier, Mercie, Marqueste, Valton, Larche and Deschamps. Ever forward looking the output of the foundry moved away from the genre based scenes of rivals such as Barbedienne and embraced the new styles and aesthetics of art-nouveau and symbolism. After 1920 the foundry moved to 63 Avenue Victor Emmanuel III continuing to create specialist castings in lost wax technique.

Total Height: 230 cm / 91 inches
Height of Pedestal : 90 cm / 35 inches


The son of an ornamental sculptor, François-Raoul Larche was a well-known Art Nouveau sculptor born in St.-Andrè-de-Cubzac. He entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1878, studying under François Jouffroy, Eugène Delaplanche and Alexandre Falguière.
Larche was a regular exhibitor at the official salons beginning in 1884, and was awarded the Second prize in 1886 at the Prix de Rome competition. He received a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1900.
Raoul Larche produced works in a number of different styles but is best known and celebrated for his highly accomplished naturalistic Art Nouveau style, influenced by famous dancers of the period such as Loie Fuller.
He died accidentally in 1912.

François-Raoul Larche

'Sinnierender Krieger' (The Thoughtful Warrior) - A Bronze Figure

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