Bronze candlestick for one candle "Fish seller"
Artist/Maker: Evgeny Alexandrovich Lanceray
Artist/Maker Dates: 1848 - 1886
Place of Production: Russia (Russian Empire)
Date of Production: end of 19th century
Materials: bronze, gilding, marble
Height: 19.0 cm.
Condition notes: Wear consistent with age and use
Sculptor Evgeny Lanceray was born to family of railway engineer. In 1866–1870 he studied at the faculty of law in St. Petersburg University and graduated from the University with academic degree of Candidate of Law. During 4 years Lanceray worked at the Ministry of Finance, but later he left the service for sculpture, which he had been studying since student years. Lanceray did not get any art education; he studied modelling on his own and attended sculpture workshops, in particular the studio of the academician of the Imperial Academy of Arts N. I. Lieberich. Lanceray worked a lot from nature. In 1867 and 1876 the artist made several trips to Paris, where he attended museums and studied art of bronze casting. In 1869 Lanceray was conferred title of class artist of the 2nd degree by the Imperial Academy of Arts (IAKh) for his painting Troika with two passengers, dog and coachman and wax composition Ruslan and Ludmila; in 1872 he conferred title of class artist of the 1st degree for his statuettes Tsar’s falconer. In 1874 he became honoured member of the IAKh. Works by Lanceray were exhibited in the exhibitions of the Academy of Fine Arts (1869–1874), international art exhibitions in London (1872), Philadelphia (1876), Paris (1878), at Russian department of the World exhibition in Vienna (1873) and in Antwerp (1885). The artist took part in the exhibitions of Moscow Society of Art Lovers. Every year Lanceray made art trips through Central and South Russia, Ukraine, the Caucasus, Bashkiria, Kirghizia and the Crimea. In 1883 he travelled to Algeria. In 1886 the common exhibition of works by Evgeny Lanceray and A. L. Ober took place in the halls of the Imperial Society for the Encouragement of the Arts in St. Petersburg. Evgeny Lanceray is an outstanding Russian sculptor of the second half of the 20th century, who left great heritage. He is known first of all as a master of chamber and cabinet sculpture. The most favourite subjects of Lanceray were scenes of hunting, horse race, equestrian statuettes, troikas and horses. Lanceray followed academic traditions in sculpture; he strived for complete compositions of his sculptures, took great attention to details and quality of the casts.
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