ALEXANDRE CHARPENTIER (Paris 1856 - 1909 Neuilly) 

Jean and Pierre, 1892

Cast bronze plaquette
3 1/4 x 10 3/8 in. (8.26 x 26.35 cm)
Signed, Alexandre Charpentier, center bottom
Inscribed Jean 23 MARS 1884, upper left and
Pierre 28 JUILLET 1892, lower right 

This charming cast relief represents two children from the extended Charpentier family: Jean, who was the artist’s son, born in 1884, and Pierre, the son of his sister Emma, born in 1892. This date of 1892 corresponds to the date of the work for which this relief was created, a magnificent layette, which was exhibited at the Société Nationale des Beaux Arts in Brussels in 1893.

 Alexandre Charpentier,  Layette , Brussels, Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire

Alexandre Charpentier, Layette, Brussels, Musées royaux d’Art et d’Histoire

The layette was acquired by the King of Belgium for the Royal collection. Its two reliefs are Charpentier’s most famous: Jeune mère allaitant son enfant, and Jean et Pierre.