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Henry Cros (1840-1907) - Adrien-Aurelien Hebrard (firm a. 1902-1937)

"Pastoral Vase" in Bronze.



France, Paris, circa 1905


H : 22 cm / 8.7 in.
Ø max : 15,5 cm / 6.1 in.



Deep brown-green patinated ovoid shape bronze vase with an hemmed base and neck decorated with friezes of "godrons". Decorated on the body in low-relief of a pastoral scenes of shepherds, muses and naiads. Under the vase a low-relief representing an ibis.
Model created circa 1895-1900,
This one cast circa 1905.
Limited edition to 15 (?),
Lost wax casting.



Signature of the creator: "H Cros" in hollow under the vase.
Stamp of the founder: "CIRE PERDUE / A.A. HEBRARD" in hollow under the vase.
Numbered "(2)" in hollow under the vase to the right of the stamp of the founder.







Provenance : The Louis Boidin (1876-1983) Collection, France.

This vase is the number 2 of a very limited series of 15 (but never made to this number, no model known to date beyond the Vase No. 6 of the Fabius Collection) casted around 1905 by the famous Hebrard Foundry to the masterpiece vase created by Henry Cros (now in the MAD Paris, Inv. LOUVRE OA 6744).
Authentic original casts are always numbered.

As a trained engineer and wealthy Collector of contemporary sculpture, Adrien-Aurélien Hebrard (1865-1937) decided in 1902 to satisfy his passion to open his own bronze foundry and Art gallery.
He then published the lost-wax cast bronzes in limited numbered series (from 3 to 20) of the artists he supported and of whose he was the exclusive representative and exhibited them in his famous gallery which was located in 1902 rue Cambon and from 1905, rue Royale in Paris.
His taste was not only limited to bronzes and sculptors such as Rembrandt Bugatti, Degas, Bourdelle ... He also exhibited contemporary creations such as the glassworks and bronzes of Henry Cros, the ceramics of André Metthey , the Objects of art, glassware and monotypes of Georges Manzana-Pissaro and from 1913 those of Maurice Marinot who will always remain faithful to him ...

In 1908, Hébrard organized a retrospective of Henry Cros' works at Rue Royale and a second one at the Salon d'Automne in 1922.


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Selective Biography

Henry Cros (1840-1907) painter, sculptor and glassmaker and French ceramist.

Brother of the poet and inventor Charles Cros (1842-1888) he entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1855-1856 and became the pupil of the sculptor François Jouffroy (1806-1882) and of the painter Jules-Emmanuel Valadon (1826- 1900) and also follows the teaching of the painter Jules Etex (1810-1889). Throughout his career he multiplied artistic experiments, working painted and sculpted wax, and then the glass paste of which he developed a secret formula. He was inspired by a dreamed of an "Arcadian" Antiquity or a "romantic" Middle Age to create his poetic and dreamlike universe. Works of Henry are present in several museum such as in France the Musée d'Orsay (25 works), the Musee des Arts Decoratifs (12 works) and the Musee du Petit Palais, in UK the Victoria & Albert Museum (C.56-1992), in USA the Metropolitan Museum of New York (24.131.2, 2012.37 and 24.131.1 ), the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning New York (66.3.17, 96.3.23)...


 A. A. Hébrard (active between 1902 and 1937), Founder and Art editor. Galerist.

In 1902-1903, his workshops were located rue Victor-Duruy (which became part of the rue Olivier-de-Serres) and then from 1904 to 1936 at 73, avenue de Versailles in Paris.
He had several galleries; Between 1902 and 1904 at 21 rue Cambon, then at the  8 rue Royale, Paris..

Selective Bibliography

Revues :
Hawley, (H.), "Sculptures by Jules Dalou, Henry Cros, and Medardo Rosso", in The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Vol. 58, N° 7, September 1971, p. 199-209.
Jouin, (H.), « Henry Cros », dans L'Œuvre d'art : revue bi-mensuelle illustrée, n° 40, 5 décembre 1894, p.   137-140.
Meryem, (J.), « Les dessins d'Henry Cros », dans l'Art et les Artistes, n°88, t.15, Paris, avril-septembre 1912, p. 174-177.
Morel, (D.), « Cires et pâtes de verre d'Henry Cros », dans L'estampille, L'Objet d'Art, n° 446, Dijon, mai 2009, p. 44-53.
Olivié, (J.-L.),  "All of Antiquity in a new soul- Henry Cros" in New Work magazine, n°31 Fall 1987,
(repr p.11).
Vaillat, (L.), « Les Arts Décoratifs,  La pâtes de verre, Henry Cros », dans l'Art et les Artistes, t.7, Paris, avril-septembre 1908, p. 26-29.
Vauxcelles, (L.), « La Fonte à Cire Perdue », dans Art et décoration : revue mensuelle d'art moderne, t. XVIII, Juillet-décembre 1905, p. 189-197.

Books :
Cappa, (G.), Le Génie Verrier de l'Europe, Témoignages, De l'Historicisme à la Modernité (1840-1998), Sprimont- Belgique, 1998, pp. 208-209, fig. 339.
Delaborde, (Y.), Le Verre, Art et Design-XIXe-XXIe siècles, Vol. 1, Courbevoie (Paris), 2011, p. 54, fig. p. 190 et p. 256-259, fig. p. 55 et Vol.2, p. 63-65, fig. p. 63-65 et p. 412.
Ennès, (P.), Histoire du Verre, Au Carrefour de l'Art et de l'Industrie, Le XIXe siècle, Paris, 2006, pp. 212-213, fig. pp.
Lebon, (E.), Dictionnaire des fondeurs de bronze d’art, France 1890-1950, Perth (Australie), Marjon éditions, 2003, p. 182-188.