c1870 French Carved Marble Bust Statue of Faust’s Marguerite


A beautiful c1870 French Carved Marble Bust Statue of Marguerite, the main character from Gounod’s Opera ‘Faust’.
The bust statue is in white marble with several veins of grey running through it. It shows a young woman looking slightly to one side with her long hair in 2 plaits. One rests on her front right shoulder and the other on her back left shoulder. This image has been copied by several artists of the 1870s and 80s in their depiction of the unfortunate Marguerite. The marble has a weathered aspect as it has spent many years outside. The statue was once probably on a round profiled marble base, but the base is missing. However, the statue retains its beauty and charm and the missing base could easily be replaced.
Faust is an opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré from Carré's play Faust et Marguerite. It premiered in Paris on the 19.03.1859. Faust, an aged and jaded scholar, feels despondent about missing out on life and love and makes a pact with the devil, in return for youth and the love of Marguerite and inevitable damnation.
Size: 42 x 26 x 44 cm (16 ½ x 10 ¼ x 17 ¼ inches)
Weight: 28 kg