After Louis Léon CUGNOT (1835-1894).
The statue on the same level represents a young girl from an Italian village on the island of Procida. Delicately dressed in a draped and molded dress revealing her form, the spinner with her hair done in the antique style seems, with her arms raised, to be pulling a thread of wool from her skein.
Louis Léon Cugnot, French sculptor is the son of the statuary Etienne Cugnot. He entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1854 and was taught by sculptors Georges Diebolt and Francisque Duret. He won the first Grand Prix de Rome in sculpture in 1859 for "Mézence blessé, préservé par l'intrépidité de son Lausos" (Wounded Mezzence, preserved by the intrepidity of his son Lausos) and was therefore a resident of the Villa Médicis in Rome from 1860 to 1863. Léon Cugnot exhibited for the first time at the Salon des artistes français in 1863 and was present there almost every year until 1889: he received several medals, notably one at the Universal Exhibition of 1867. His works were famous, one finds in particular at the Musée d'Orsay his statue of "Corybante stifling the cries of Jupiter the child", exposed until 1981 in the Jardin des Tuileries.
Cast iron by the Salin & Fils foundry.
Height 171 cm - Base 35 x 35 cm