Pair of large figurative bronzed plaques by A. Stella

By Stella, Étienne Alexandre (d. 1892)


This pair of large, bronzed electrotype plaques vividly depicts dramatic 17th-century style scenes, displaying meticulous detail and impressive craftsmanship.


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This impressive pair of bronzed electrotype figural plaques were made in the late 19th century by the French sculptor Étienne Alexandre Stella.

These pieces are resplendent representations of 17th Century style scenes, infused with a palpable drama that captivates the viewer. The first of the two plaques depicts a suspenseful moment of an illicit tryst in progress, just as a pair of lovers, a man and a woman, wearing impressively detailed garments are discovered by a man, holding a sword, who hides behind a column. Set against a backdrop of a town square, featuring an inn and its keeper, the intricate detailing of the tableau draws the viewer into the very heart of the story.

Complementing the first, the second plaque vibrates with the intense energy of the resulting sword duel, between the two men from the first scene who presumably fight for the woman’s heart. Their engrossed expressions and stances are meticulously captured to convey the emotions of the moment, which is also set in a town square, featuring several onlookers who stand behind each of the duelers.

What sets these works apart is their exceptional bronzed finish - a rarity in the realm of electrotype plaques, which are typically silvered. The warm, deep tones of the bronze amplify the texture and depth of the scenes, bringing them to life in a unique and mesmerizing way. Imposing in size, these plaques command attention and make a striking statement. Their impressive scale highlights the incredible detail and skillful craftsmanship that went into their creation, as does the beautiful giltwood frame they are set in.

Crafted as part of a series, these plaques are based on casts by Stella, who is particularly renowned for his distinctive style and execution in bronze.

Life breathes out of this pair of plaques with a level of sophistication and detail that is truly remarkable, and their addition to an interior space would give it an interesting appeal.

Frames: Height 61cm, width 71.5cm, depth 12cm
Panels: Height 42cm, width 52cm, depth 6cm


Artist / Maker
By Stella, Étienne Alexandre (d. 1892)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Bronze, Giltwood
Gold, Metallic


61 cm / 24 inches
71.5 cm / 28 inches
12 cm / 4.7 inches


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