Bronze Code: 346
Height: 9.1 In
Width: 5.3 In
Weight: 3.1 LBs


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This exquisite bronze bust emanates the legacy of Russian emperors, carried forward by the pioneering craftsmanship of the famous Kasli factory. Originally modelled after the distinguished line of busts crafted by renowned sculptor Felix Chopin, the bust encapsulates timeless dedication, skill and artistry set in metal. The bust bearing the visage of Russian Emperor Alexander III is a beautiful progression of Chopin's acclaimed series, exhibiting a blend of expert craftsmanship and passionate storytelling.

Felix Chopin (1813-1892), remembered vividly as a 'Bronze Magician,' was an illustrious French and Russian foundry worker and was a valued supplier to the Court of His Imperial Majesty. His works celebrated the defining influence of Russian rulers and played a significant role in defining the character of his creative oeuvre. The Russian heritage preserved by these timeless pieces continues to enthral art and history fanatics around the world.

The inception of these breathtaking portrayals of power and resilience dates back to 1840 when Chopin stumbled upon marble busts crafted by Italian sculptor, A. Penna. Even though Penna's busts were not illustrative of Russian tsars and princes, they served as a creative spark for Chopin’s series of busts. Chopin first showcased his masterpiece, a collection of 63 life-sized busts of Russian rulers at an exhibition, winning widespread appreciation and acclaim.

Chopin's commitment to his art led him to present miniaturized versions of the royal busts at the International Paris Exhibition, 15 years later. This transition from large to smaller busts proved to be a defining move in his artistry, making them more accessible as cabinet sculptures, thus amplifying their popularity.

Consequent to Chopin's untimely demise, the creative baton was passed on to the Kasli factory, which sculpted the bust of Alexander III and later Nicholas III under the deft hands of sculptor Koch. These busts, while distinct, are a nod to Chopin's original concept, thereby establishing continuity and adding to the rich tapestry of Russian history captured in bronze.