Bronze Code: 337
Height: 9.4 In
Width: 5.1 In
Weight: 2.8 LBs


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Immerse yourself in the world of exquisite craftsmanship with this intricate bust modelled after 'Catherine II', a showpiece boasting the creative genius of Felix Chopin, one of the 19th-century’s most renowned casters. Manufactured in the eminent St. Petersburg factory, this masterful creation embodies the bold aesthetic and stylistic versatility of its creator, marking it a unique and invaluable addition for collectors and art enthusiasts.

Each marking on this model, from the signature 'F.CHOPIN' to the round stamp 'DEPARTURE OF M.F. 1867 FOR 10 YEARS', testifies to its authenticity and simultaneously commemorates Chopin’s 10-year milestone in 1867. It’s not just a sculpted figurine, but a testimony encapsulating a fascinating epoch of history.

Felix Chopin, rightly termed the 'Bronze Magician', was a French and Russian caster who contributed significantly to the realm of sculpture and bust making. His portfolio encompasses a range of meticulously crafted busts, each echoing the nuanced aesthetics of the Russian royal lineage. The 'Catherine II' is a brilliant example that mirrors his extraordinary level of finesse.

The bust signifies Chopin’s successful venture into creating a series of busts inspired by marble sculptures crafted by the independent Italian sculptor, A. Penna. Although the resemblance to real historical figures was said to be subjective due to Penna's inability to physically study and interact with the subjects, Chopin embraced and executed his strategic vision in 1840, culminating in a distinctive exhibit of 63 royal busts.

With this 'Catherine II' bust, one can witness Chopin’s strategic transition from crafting large sculptures to smaller ones, a move that enhanced their demand, transformed them into coveted cabinet sculptures, and served as a fitting tribute to Russian royalty.