9930 Auguste Baussan (Avignon 1829-Montpellier 1907)
A pair of plaster relief panels representing Summer (wheat) and Autumn (grapes), women in Renaissance revival style partially draped and with arms outstretched, standing on a circular base with dolphin supports, the plinths signed and dated ABAUSSAN 1875, 9n contemporary walnut and gilt-bordered, glazed frames.
Height overall: 25.75 ins (65 cms) and 19.75 ins (50 cms)
Width overall: 11 ins (28 cms) and 5 ins (12.5 cms)
Auguste Baussan was a notable monumental sculptor from the Midi region of south central France. His public work is found largely in Nimes and Montpellier. Workshop models were given to the Musee Fabre.
An interesting photograph of his Montpellier studio, lined with plaster models, show finishing touches being made to his marble monument to St Roch, born in the city in 1295. Although much of southern France was gravely affected by a cholera epidemic during the 1880’s, the city of Montpellier was miraculously spared and this statue by Baussan was commissioned by grateful citizens, and installed in the Eglise St Roch in 1894.