Style Renaissance / Ref.14668
Portrait of Hans Holbein, a wood marquetry painting attributed to FOURDINOIS
Width: 8'' ¼ 21cm
Height: 13'' ¾ 35cm
Depth: 2'' 5cm
19th siècle, French
This original wood marquetry painting in relief depicts a portrait of Hans Holbein, a German Renaissance painter and engraver.
It is framed in blackened wood with the pure, architectural forms typical of the neo-Renaissance style.
The frame bears the identity of the artist, who is portrayed in profile, in keeping with the tradition of medals during the Renaissance.
This work is attributed to the Fourdinois firm, run by Alexandre and Henri Fourdinois, famous for its 19th-century decorative arts. The name of this cabinetmaker, which has won numerous awards at the Universal Exhibitions, is associated with the triumphant luxury of the Second Empire. This neo-Renaissance portrait is part of the cult of figures from the past, from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, that characterised 19th-century historicism.
It is no coincidence that they paid tribute to Holbein, a painter who also fascinated the writers Jules Verne and Honoré de Balzac. The Fourdinois family had a real passion for the Renaissance. En plein marquetry was invented by Henri Fourdinois and patented in 1864. This technique is based on the inlay of wood in all its thickness, giving the sculptor a surface that can be worked in both hollow and relief.
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