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Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3010B Boston
May 19, 2017 12:00 PMCalender

Constantin Emile Meunier (Belgian, 1831-1905) La Moisson

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3010B Location: Boston Date / Time: May 19, 2017 12:00PM


Constantin Emile Meunier (Belgian, 1831-1905)

La Moisson, from Monument au Travail
Signed "C. Meunier" in the bronze at u.r. corner, foundry stamp "VERBEYST.FONDEUR./BRUXELLES." at side edge l.l.
High-relief bronze with brown/black patina, 23 1/2 x 32 1/4 in. (59.5 x 82.0 cm), presented on a standing wood easel on casters.
Condition: Dust and dirt to interstices.

Provenance: Henry Saltonstall Howe, Brookline, by descent to current owner.

N.B. The Monument au Travail, erected in Brussels by the architect Mario Knauer in 1930, features five bronze sculptures and four high reliefs by the sculptor Constantin Meunier. Meunier began work on this project in the 1890s, although it was erected 25 years after his death. The high-reliefs on the sides, associated with the four elements, have as subject: Industry (fire), which depicts workers carrying a crucible from which molten glass escapes; Mine (earth), which depicts miners attacking a coal seam; The Harvest (the air) that depicts a family reaping; and The Port (water) that depicts active dockworkers. This bronze relief corresponds to the scultpure representing The Harvest.
Estimate $18,000-22,000

Easel measures 69 inches high and 27 7/8 inches wide, depth at floor level 24 inches.

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Constantin Emile Meunier, Mario Knauer, Henry Saltonstall Howe, Brussels, BRUXELLES