Allegorical french bronze sculpture “The genius of work” signed Picault

French bronze sculpture “The genius of work” signed Picault

Enticing French bronze sculpture signed Émile Louis Picault (1833-1915) with a beautiful warm brown shaded patina representing an allegory of work. The subject is a young winged man holding a scepter; an open book with geometrical patterns lies at his feet. Also the base has an inscription “Sur le champ du labeur la victoire est féconde” (meaning: on the field of labour victory is fruitful), an allegorical reference to the subject of work.

This beautiful antique sculpture was made by the famous foundry Susse Frères in Paris. It is signed on the terrace “E. PICAULT” (signature partly worn due to age) and on the back of the base appears the signature and stamp of the founder Susse Frères et Éditeurs in Paris.

The sculpture and the patina are in an excellent state of preservation.

Details of this French bronze sculpture

Paris, circa 1880.
Dimensions: 55 cm high, 27 cm wide, 25 cm deep. Size of the base: 15 x 16.5 cm.
Weight: 10.9 kg.

Émile Louis Picault (1833–1915)

Picault was a French sculptor, best known for works depicting allegorical and patriotic subjects, and mythological heroes. He was a very prolific artist, with a long sculpting career. Picault trained with the painter Henri Royer and later he began to show his artwork at the Salon in Paris beginning in 1863.  His abundant work, consisting mainly of allegorical subjects or taken from mythology, is present in many French museums.


  • Pierre Kjellberg, “Bronzes of the 19th century” p. 542-544.

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