Emile Picault Bronze Figures, ca. 1870
I have two bronze statues that have been in my family for quite a while. And I've always admired them, since I was a little boy.
They are bronze castings by Emile Picault, who was a French artist. They were a model that he first did in 1867, and these were probably done shortly thereafter, circa 1870. He did them in a couple of different sizes. There is one size larger than this. Both have come up for sale at auction in recent years. And they depict an Egyptian king and queen, King Menthouphis and Queen Nitocris. They were both husband and wife and brother and sister.
But he was actually murdered, and she took revenge on his murder and invited all of the conspirators of the murder to a banquet where she had constructed a special room. And once the banquet was underway, she had the entire banquet flooded, drowning everybody but herself.
But however, she committed suicide shortly thereafter. These do have some condition issues. Primarily, the patina on the base should be very gold, and it's actually quite worn. In this condition, probably at auction you would expect them to bring between $12,000 and $18,000 for the pair. In perfect condition, or a little bit better condition, probably as much as $25,000 or $30,000.
Wow. That's great.
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