Pair of large Orientalist patinated bronze figures by Debut

By Debut, Marcel (French, 1865-1933) | Pinedo, Emile (French, 1840-1916)


These Orientalist bronze figures—which measure 61cm (24 inches) in height—were designed by the prestigious French sculptors, Emile Pinedo and Marcel Debut.


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The pair of sculptures includes an ‘Arabe en Marche’ (Arab on the move) by Emile Pinedo and a Tunisian water carrier by Marcel Debut.

‘Arabe en Marche’ depicts a bearded man who is dressed in a turban and robe, which is open at the chest. He carries a walking stick across his shoulders and has tucked a knife into the sash at his waist. The figure stands on a square base, which is signed ‘Pinedo’ and bears a title plaque reading ‘Arabe en Marche/ Exp’n. des Beaux-Arts. Paris’.

The Tunisian water-carrier is portrayed as a clean-shaven man who is dressed in a headscarf, a loosely-draped top and trousers with a sash around the waist. The man is depicted carrying two full water urns. The base upon which the figure stands is signed ‘Debut’. It is also fitted with a title plaque which is inscribed ‘Porteau d’Eau Tunisien/ Par Debut/ 1er Prix de Rome’.

Emile Pinedo was an accomplished French sculptor who apprenticed at his father’s foundry before taking it over in 1865. Marcel Début was taught by two major sculptors: his father, Jean Dider Début and Henri Michel Antoine Chapu, from the École des Beaux-Arts. 


Artist / Maker
By Debut, Marcel (French, 1865-1933), Pinedo, Emile (French, 1840-1916)
Country of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Late 19th Century
Late 19th Century
Figurative Art, Orientalist
Patinated Bronze


61 cm / 24 inches
21.5 cm / 8.3 inches
28 cm / 11 inches


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