Victor Paillard

Victor Paillard (1805-1886) fu uno dei più illustri cesellatori in bronzo e fu proprietario di una fonderia a Parigi nella seconda metà del 19 ° secolo.
Aprì nel 1830 un proprio laboratorio facendo “Arte e arredamento bronzi”, al  n ° 105, boulevard Beaumarchais a Parigi.
Dapprima realizzò piccoli oggetti, poi  statuette, candelabri, orologi e Torchères anche di impressionanti dimensioni.
Egli apparve al pubblico per la prima volta alla Industrial Products Esposizione del 1839 e ha lavorato con i più grandi scultori francesi, come Pradier, Barye, Feuchère, Préault, Kraggman e Carrier-Belleuse.
Ha esposto con grande successo per la qualità del suo lavoro sia nel 1851 e 1862 alla Esposizioni Universale di Londra e negli anni 1855, 1867 e 1878 alla Esposizioni Universali tenuto a Parigi.
Nominato Cavaliere della Legion d’Onore dal governo francese, Paillard impiegava nel 1850 un centinaio di operai ed era in grado di proporre ai suoi clienti facoltosi circa quattrocento modelli, realizzati in bronzo, sia opere di celebri scultori, che anche le proprie creazioni . Le sue figure di cherubino erano particolarmente ricercate per il loro fascino.
È stato notato che ritraevano gli “stati d’animo dell’infanzia felici e innocenti”. Molti dei pezzi di bronzo di Paillard sono ora conservati in collezioni private e in famosi musei di belle arti, come il Museo Dahesh of Art di New York, a Parigi al Quai d’Orsay e nella Main Hall, nel Palazzo dei Congressi e nel Salone degli Ambasciatori. Morì nel 1886, all’età di 81.

Candlesticks: Pair of Bronze and Marble Candlesticks, Signed by Victor Paillard, around 1830.
Candlesticks: Pair of Bronze and Marble Candlesticks, Signed by Victor Paillard, around 1830.

Victor Paillard

Victor Paillard (1805-1886) was one of the most distinguished bronze ciselers and fondeur (foundry owner) in Paris during the second half of the 19th century. He was taught chasing by Denière, then opened in the 1830’s his own workshop making “Art and Furnishing bronzes”, settled n°105, boulevard Beaumarchais in Paris. He executed first small objects, then cast statuettes, candelabra, clocks as well as impressive sized torcheres. He appeared to the public for the first time at the Industrial Products Exhibition of 1839 and worked for the greatest French sculptors, such as Pradier, Barye , Feuchere, Preault, Kraggman, and Carrier-Belleuse. He exhibited extensively with great success being mentioned for the quality of his work at the famous 1851 and 1862 London Universal Exhibitions, and the 1855, 1867 and 1878 Universal Exhibitions then held in Paris. Paillard was said to be a celebrity at these exhibitions. Appointed a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur by the French Government, Paillard employed since the 1850’s a hundred workers and proposed to his wealthy clients about four hundred models, cast in bronze not only after famous sculptors’ works, but also after his own creations. His cherub figures were particularly singled out for their charm and popularity by commentators at both the 1862 and 1867 Universal Exhibitions. It was noted that they portrayed the “happy and innocent moods of childhood.” Many of Paillard’s bronze pieces are now displayed in private collections as well as in renowned fine arts museums, such as the Dahesh Museum of Art in New York, in Paris at the Quai d’Orsay and in the Main Hall, the Congress Hall and the Salon of the Ambassadors. He died in 1886 at the age of 81.