Josette HEBERT-COËFFIN

(1908-1974)

Couple of Barn Owls

Josette HEBERT-COËFFIN

(1908-1974)

Couple of Barn Owls

CAPTION

Height : 46 cm - 1' 6¹/₈" in.
Depth : 16.5 cm - 0' 6¹/₂" in.
Width :36.7 cm - 1' 2¹/₂" in.

DESCRIPTION

Rosalia marble in direct carving, unique piece.
A sculptor, engraver and medallist, Josette Hébert-Coëffin, born in 1908 in Rouen where she died in 1984, exhibited bird sculptures at the Salon d'Automne in 1936. She followed the teachings of Robert Wlérick, Charles Despiau and Maurice Gensoli and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-arts of Rouen where she was awarded a first prize in sculpture and architecture in 1922. 

The artist, who was the first recipient of the John-Simon Guggenheim Foundation in New-York, created models for the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres.

Awarded a first prize in architecture and sculpture, she won a gold medal at the Exposition des Arts et Techniques in 1937 and two years later exhibited at the Salon des Arts Décoratifs. 
Some of her artworks can be seen at the musée des Beaux-Arts of Rouen, and part of them within the national collections of the château de Rambouillet.

Particularly interested in the subjects of owls, she managed to give them here a striking presence. Our couple of raptors artwork was treated by burnishing. Its base was worked on with the bush-hammering technique, a percussion tool acting like little hammers to give it a specific texture. The stone thus became granulated, with a solid (consistent) relief, enhancing the subject which seem to be springing up out of its plinth. The two barn owls, a species of nocturnal raptors, appear to be patiently spotting their prey before flying away to hunt small rodents and amphibians. 

The Nicolas Bourriaud gallery holds another copy of the artist's 'Couple of Barn Owls' in Sèvres sandstone or stoneware.
 

PRICE

€ 58,000