Imposing French bronze sculpture “Nymph of Diana” signed Eugène Aizelin

Large mythological French bronze sculpture “Nymph of Diana” signed Eugène Aizelin

Impressive French bronze sculpture group titled “Nymph of Diana” and signed Aizelin representing Diana, the goddess of the hunt, accompanied by her greyhound. This sculpture has been cast by the prestigious bronze foundry Ferdinand Barbedienne in Paris, to whom the famous sculptor Eugène Antoine Aizelin (1821-1902) entrusted the edition of this bronze work in 1887, so during his lifetime.

We see Diana here carrying a quiver of arrows on her back and a bow in her hand while her dog is beside her. In Greek and Roman mythology, Diana is the patroness of the countryside, hunters, crossroads, and the Moon. Diana is also considered a virgin goddess and protector of childbirth.

This work is titled “NYMPHE DE DIANE” on the front of the terrace and signed “E. AIZELIN.” on the right side of the terrace. Further, it carries the foundry mark “F. BARBEDIENNE. FONDEUR. ” and the Achille Collas stamp on the back of the terrace.

Our sculpture is in excellent condition with its original dark brown patina. As can be expected from the top bronze foundry Barbedienne, the work is very detailed with an excellent quality of making.

Details of this sculpture “Nymph of Diana” signed Eugène Aizelin

Origin: Paris, circa 1887.
Dimensions: 81 cm high, 33 cm wide, 22 cm deep.
Weight: 27,8 kg.

Eugène Antoine Aizelin (1821-1902)

Eugène Aizelin was born in Paris from the marriage of designer Claude-Jacques Aizelin and Marie-Louise-Eugénie Delan. He entered the School of Fine Arts on April 3, 1844 where he was a pupil of sculptors Jules Ramey and Auguste Dumont. Subsequently Aizelin participated in the Salons from 1852 to 1897 and in the Universal Exhibitions of 1878, 1889 and 1903. There he won several awards: a third medal at the Salon of 1859, a second medal in 1861, a third medal at the Universal Exhibition of 1878. Finally he sent his bronze Mignon group to the Universal Exhibition of 1889 at which it was awarded a gold medal. Eugène Antoine Aizelin received the Legion of Honor in 1867 and was elevated to the rank of Officer of the same order in 1892.


  • Pierre Kjellberg, “Bronzes of the 19th century”, Schiffer Publishing, 1994, p. 37-38.

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