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Q: the artist P.B. de Lavingtrie ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: the artist P.B. de Lavingtrie
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: dara1-ga
List Price: $100.00
Posted: 24 Feb 2004 12:59 PST
Expires: 25 Mar 2004 12:59 PST
Question ID: 310385
What information can be found on an artist named P.B. de Lavingtrie
who created bronze sculptures in France or Belgium in the early

Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 24 Feb 2004 14:03 PST
Dear dara1,

So far, I have been able to find out the following:

- The artist's full name

- His nationality

- His date of birth

- His date of death

- His grandfather's name and biographical information

- His father's name

- His uncles' names and biographical information on one of them

- A list of some of his works officially recognized as important
cultural goods in his country of birth

- A photo of one small bronze statuette

- A photo of one large outdoor sculpture

I intend to collect, if possible, additional information in the
libraries in the next few days. How much information do you need?

Best regards,

Clarification of Question by dara1-ga on 24 Feb 2004 15:50 PST
clearly since my answer showed up here I am in the right place.  I am
interested in this artist because I have a sculpture of his called "A
La Mere"it is a fairly large bronze of a woman (wearing dutch shoes)
and a cow.  It is quite lovely and has been in my family since my
great grand aunt brought it back from france in the 1920's.  It is
signed by the artist, has a plaque with the name of the piece on the
front, and has the offical seal of the french government on the back.
No one has known who the artist was. I am interested in knowing as
much about the artist as possible, also the value of some of his works
if possible.  Keep up the great work  Dara

Clarification of Question by dara1-ga on 24 Feb 2004 15:52 PST
scriptor- would it help to send you a photo?  Dara
Subject: Re: the artist P.B. de Lavingtrie
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 26 Feb 2004 11:09 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear dara1,

The sculptor's name is actually "Paul-Armand Bayard de la Vingtrie".
After two days in the library, here is everything I could find out
about this artist:

- Paul-Armand Bayard de la Vingtrie -

Paul-Armand Bayard de la Vingtrie was born on 28 May 1846 in Paris. He
was the grandson of Ferdinand-Marie Bayard de la Vingtrie (1765-1855),
a painter, voyager and one of George Washington's correspondents, and
the son of Armand Joseph Bayard de la Vingtrie, a knight of the French
Légion d'Honneur. His uncle Ferdinand-Jean Bayard de la Vingtrie
(1791-1852) was a highly respected engineer who constructed a number
of important bridges, with the Pont des Invalides in Paris (1823)
being among the most famous of his works.

Paul-Armand Bayard de la Vingtrie received his first education as an
artist from the French sculptors Francisque-Joseph Duret (1804-1865)
and Jacques-Léonard Maillet (1823-1895). Later, he was a student of
the sculptors Jean-Baptiste Claude Eugène Guillaume (1822-1905) and
Pierre-Jules Cavelier (1814-1894).

During the siege of Paris in the Franco-German War of 1870/71,
Paul-Armand Bayard de la Vingtrie interrupted his studies to command a
military unit.

As an artist, Paul-Armand Bayard de la Vingtrie specialized in
historical and allegorical sculptures as well as portraits of his
contemporaries, in plaster, marble, bronze and stone.

From 1876 to 1892, Paul-Armand Bayard de la Vingtrie regularily
exibited his works at the Paris Salon art exhibition. At the Paris
Salon of 1876, he was awarded a first place medal. His works were also
shown at the Paris World Exhibition of 1878, where he again received a
Paul-Armand Bayard de la Vingtrie was a distinguished artist who was
given assignments for representative sculptures. Among his most
important works are:

- The "Charmeur de serpent" (Snake Evocator), a bronze statue from
1877, located in the Monceau Park in Paris

- The stone statue of French painter Francois Lemoine at the Paris Town Hall, 1882

- The stone statue of French sculptor Antoine Coysevox in Lyon, 1893

- The Fournier marble tomb in St. Nicolas, Nantes, 1883

- The marble statue of Pandora in the Musée Galliéra in Paris, before 1892

- The marble bas-relief "Combat d'antilopes" (Antilope Fight) in the
Musée d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, before 1898

- The marble portrait bust of the dancer Camargo in the Opera in Paris, 1884

- The plaster portrait bust of General Hoche in the Municipal Museum
of Versailles, from 1888

Some additional works are:

- The bronze statue " L'Apollon sortant du Zodiaque ou le Génie de la
Science", (Apollo leaving the Zodiac or The Genius of Science) outside
the observatory in Nice, from 1887

- The plaster statue "Au bain" (In the Bath) from 1881, in the museum of Blois

- The plaster bas-relief "Combat de cerfs" (Stag Fight) in the
Municipal Museum of Fine Arts in Nantes

Since 1892, Paul-Armand Bayard de la Vingtrie taught at the esteemed
Ecole Polytechnique in Paris; the same year, he became a member of the
prestigious Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts (National Society of Fine
Arts). From then on, he did not participate in exhibtions anymore.

Paul-Armand Bayard de la Vingtrie died in Paris on 2 May 1900.

The sculptor Paul-Armand Bayard de la Vingtrie is an important person
in French 19th century art history. Because of the representative,
dignified character of most of his sculptures, originals of his works
of art are unusual to appear at art auctions or for sale; at least,
this seems to be a very rare thing to happen. Therefore, it is
impossible to even provide a vague approximation of value for an
original statue. However, there can be no doubt that any of his
originals would indeed be of noteworthy value. So if you have reason
to believe that the sculpture you own might be an original, I strongly
recommend to consult a reputable art appraiser. Only an expert can
estimate what the piece in your possession may be worth.


Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler, dritter Band. Published by
Verlag Wilhelm Engelmann, Leipzig, 1909

Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon, Band 7. Published by Saur Verlag, 1993.
ISBN 3-598-22747-7

Artnet Research Library: Artists' Biographies

Artnet: Cavelier, Pierre-Jules

Artnet: Duret, François-Joseph [Francisque]

Artnet: Maillet, Jacques-Léonard

Artnet: Guillaume, Jean-Baptiste-Claude-Eugène

French Ministry of Culture: Palissy - auteurs, créateurs

French Ministry of Culture: Base Arcade - Artistes

Structurae: Ferdinand Bayard de la Vingtrie

Alessandro Tuzza, "Re: Bayard de la Vingtrie" Online posting
(1999/03/21). <fr.rec.genealogie> vio Google Groups.

Liberty's Antiques: French Sculptors

Bibliografia Ferroviaria Italiana: Wanted

Search terms used:
"de la vingtrie"
"de la vingtrie"
"de la vingtrie" "paul armand"

Hope this is helpful!
Very best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by dara1-ga on 27 Feb 2004 05:50 PST
HI scriptor
I am certainly excited over the information you have sent.  My only
question has to do with the spelling of his name.  The signature on
the statue and the plaque on the front, clearly have P.B. de
Lavingtrie.  The L is in caps (or done in a large cursive) and the v
is in lower case letters. All of the information you sent clearly
separates the la and capitalizes the V.  Do you have any information
on that? Does any of your research have a stautue that shows a
signature? I know the statue was brought back from Paris in the 1920's
and has the seal of the french government- I am just confused about
the spelling of the name.  Appreciate anything you can come up with. 

Clarification of Answer by scriptor-ga on 27 Feb 2004 09:35 PST
Dear Dara,

"La Vingtrie" and "la Vingtrie" are indeed one and the same sculptor.
I have found him as "Paul-Armand Lavingtrie" mentioned in the French
"Annuaire de l'art" in the listing of artists who participated in the
1876 Salon de Paris exhibition. He is mentioned not only with the
distinctive first name, but also together with the names of two of his
teachers Guillaume and Cavelier and his statue "Le Charmeur". So there
can be no doubt that, at least during the early period of his life as
an artist, Paul-Armand Bayard de la Vingtrie preferred to call himself
"Paul-Armand Lavingtrie". Maybe he did so because the name of his
family ("Bayard de la Vingtrie" is actually the full family name) was
quite well-known and he wanted to be recognized for his work, not for
his ancestry.
So the way the artist's name is spelled on your sculpture might
indicate that it is one of his earlier works - however, this is a
question only an art expert could reliably answer.
I hope that it proves to be a very rare and valuable piece!


Gallica: Table des matières (page will automatically open a PDF file!)

Gallica: Annuaire de l'art - Salon de 1876, page 232 (PDF file!)

Hope this helps!
Best regards,
dara1-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $25.00
Scriptor did a great job! I was realy pleased with the promp and
detailed answer- I would highly recomend scriptor!

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