French Bronze Statue of Joan of Arc after Antonin Mercie


A very attractive 20th century bronze statue of the French legendary heroine Joan of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc).

The statue shows her standing upright, with her hands clasper together in prayer and eyes closed. She wears full medieval style armour and her helmet is on the floor, at her feet. The bronze square rectangular base is bolted onto a black marble base. On the back of the bronze base is engraved Antonin Mercie. This is more a case of being inspired by Mercie’s piece, as there are subtle differences. In the original statue, Joan of Arc is wearing a crown of gilded leaves. Also her hands are not clasped together as in praying. Otherwise, the statue is very similar. Condition is very good, without any damage.

Marius Jean Antonin Mercié (1845 - 1916), was a French sculptor, medallist and painter. He was born in Toulouse and died in Paris.

Joan of arc was a French national hero and Catholic saint. During the Hundred Year war between Britain and France (1337-1453), she led the French army against the British invasion, but was arrested and executed in Rouen, Normandy. After her death, Joan of arc became an important character in western culture.

Size: 12 x 9 x 32 cm (4 ¾ x 3 ½ x 12 5/8 inches)
Weight: 2363 g