Bronze Code: 362
Height: 9.4 In
Width: 5.9 In
Weight: 3.1 LBs


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The Chopin Model of 1867 is an eminent work of Felix Chopin, popularly known as the 'Bronze Magician'. Born in 1813 and living until 1892, Chopin was a prominent foundry worker who was affiliated with the imperial court of Russia. His craftsmanship details an important era of Russian history, showcasing the rulers of the time. The Chopin Model of 1867 was crafted in St. Petersburg, Russia, carrying the official round stamp 'DEPARTURE OF M.F. 1867 FOR 10 YEARS' making it an authentic piece from Chopin's most fertile period of work.

At the base of the coveted bronze piece, the inscription 'Elizabeth' can be seen, potentially denoting the identity of one of the Russian rulers portrayed in his extensive collection of busts. Starting his sculptural journey in 1840 with inspiration from the marble busts of Italian sculptor A. Penna, Chopin inevitably moved onto creating miniature, cabinet-sized busts. The transition proved successful as these smaller pieces gained demand owing to their detail and manageability.

The Chopin Model of 1867, comes with a signature directly from Chopin himself on the back for authenticity. Chopin's work on Russian rulers was significant, and at one point he unabashedly showcased 63 full-size busts of Russian rulers in an exhibition. This specific work is a testament to his transition from full-size to cabinet sculptures, and an undeniable proof of his artistic genius in bronze artistry.

To date, Chopin's works, like the Model of 1867, retain their value as important pieces of historical memorabilia that denote the importance and the royalty attached to the Russian imperial court. As an icon of bronze sculpture and a provider to the court of the Imperial Majesty, Felix Chopin's extraordinary craftsmanship remains highly treasured by both lovers of art and historians alike.