Jean-Baptiste Belloc ( French born in Parniers 1863 -1919 Paris ) "Eve après le pêché " (Eve after the fall / sin) . A possibly unique bronze studio sketch model of Eve with incised signature of J. B.Belloc and foundry inscription for Leon Perzinka -Fondeur. Superb multi colored patina with evidence of artist's original pencil measurements indicating this as a possibly unique maquette design for a larger work. Jean-Baptiste Belloc was a student of Marius Mercie and was well known for his orientalist and allegorical sculptures. Some of his exhibited and noted works are Cavalier marocain, Arabe sur un cheval cabre, Portrait of Ali Muddat ibn al-Husayn, Le méhariste triomphant, Mille et une nuits, Jeune bergère et agneau, Le mercenaire a la lance and Je changerai l'épée en un soc de charrue. As a regular exhibitor at the Paris Salons in the 1880's and a teacher at the École Impériale Spéciale de Dessin et de Mathématiques (called La Petite École), Belloc taught Auguste Rodin. The Leon Perzinka foundry was situated in Versailles and became a favored foundry for Auguste Rodin's monumental works from as early as 1886 (Rodin's Fugit Amor) to 1901, including the Burghers of Calais and smaller sculptures including Trois Sirènes, La Vague and Nature. The Perzinka foundry cast unique pieces for their client sculptors, unlike their competition who had foundries in Paris.
In the exotic gardens of Bir-Hakiem in the town of Perpignan stands one of Belloc's larged works - "Le printemps et Bacchus" a 5.5 meter high marble fountain carved in 1899
Dimensions: Height 13&1/2 inches by 6&1/2 inches in width by 5&1/4 inches in depth