Bronze Code: 374
Height: 9.4 In
Width: 6.1 In
Weight: 4.3 LBs


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The F. Chopin 1868 Bust is a testament to history, artistry, and exquisite craftsmanship. This stunning representation, meticulously crafted in St. Petersburg, carries the indelible signature of Felix Chopin, the renowned 'bronze magician'. Not only does it pay homage to its creator's extraordinary talent, but it also immortalizes an iconic historical figure - Alex Nevsky.

Chopin, a French and Russian caster, revered for his skill and precision, was a favored supplier to the Court of His Imperial Majesty during the years 1813-1892. He had a special penchant for creating lifelike busts of Russian rulers, with his work in this genre standing out for its unparalleled artistry. The Chopin 1868 Bust, therefore, is a reflection of this passion and prowess.

This exceptional bust stems from Chopin's fascination with a series of marble busts, the creations of Italian sculptor A. Penna in 1840. Although these original works did not possess a striking resemblance to their real-life prototypes, they inspired Chopin to create his unique line of Russian royalty.

In 1849, Chopin debuted 63 full-sized busts at an exhibition. In a strategic pivot, a decade and a half later, he introduced smaller versions of these royal figurines at a global showcase in Paris. Shrinking the size proved a strategic decision as it extended the category to cabinet sculpture, making these works accessible to a broader audience.

The F. Chopin 1868 Bust is a remarkable collector's item, replete with historical and artistic value. A timeless adornment to any setting, it is a testament to its maker's wizardry in bronze casting and a monumental homage to Russian nobility.