Beautiful and exquisite group in bronze with gilded patina representing Orpheus, Greek mythology hero, standing and playing the Lyre, son of the King of Thrace and of the Muse Calliope, Oeagrus. Poet and musician. At his feet, Cerberus, the three-headed dog guardian of the entrance to the Underworld, asleep by the sound of the Lyre, played by Orpheus so that he can enter and free his beloved Eurydice.
This group rests on an important base in white veined red marble, moulded.
French work from the early XX century around 1900.
Signed: Henri Peinte on the base.
Stamp from the Manufacture Siot Fondeur in Paris.
The original work (N °inv. 4511) was presented at the Salon of 1888, organized by the Society of French Artists, at the Palais des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Orpheus and sleeping Cerberus was acquired by the French State for the Ministry of Public Instruction and Fine Arts.
From 1889 to 1927 at the Luxembourg Museum in Paris and in 1927 deposited in the city of Cambrai. In 1986, the sculpture was assigned to the Musée d´Orsay in Paris.
Bronze height: 85 cm – Diameter: 45 cm
Marble base height: 30 cm
Total height: 115 cm