Charles Cumberworth (1811-1852) Bronze

By mwilcox


This piece is by Charles Cumberworth (1811-1852), a French sculptor, who like many of the period produced Decorative Art bronzes designed to appeal to the growing middle class eagar to display their new found wealth. Cumberworth entered the Beaux-Arts
in 1829, exhibiting from 1833 to 1848 at the Salons of Paris, the majority of his work being busts of women and children or allegorical statues. After 1837, Cumberworth worked exclusively with one foundry, Susse Frères, whose foundry remains in business to the present day.

These bronze studies by 19th Century Sculptors were often based on full sized examples, the right to copy them in various sizes licensed to foundries by the original Sculptor. However, pieces " In the Style of" or even exact copies were often produced without authorization to take advantage of the popularity of a Artist without having to share the profits with them. The authorized/licensed examples will have foundry marks, unmarked examples tend to be later pieces made for the mass market. Bronzes should be left as found, most either have a gilt gold finish or a tarnished patina which should not be polished. This particular piece, depicting an African Woman, measures 16" in height and recently sold at auction for $1200.00.