ANCIENT BRONZE SIGNED "LUIS D'AGUIAR" REPRESENTING A JOCKEY RACING ON MARBLE. Size: 37.5 cm long x 9 cm wide x 22 cm high. Luis d'Aguiar, an exceptional artist finally revealed. D'Aguiar, an "anonymous" signature on a bronze?
There are some small mysteries in the world of bronze that time thickens as it passes. While some artists remain in the spotlight, others fall into obscure oblivion without us really knowing the reason. Thus, one day, a beautiful bronze appears in the catalog of an auction house, signed with a name that we know nothing about. A name that cannot be found anywhere.The old dictionaries, Bellier de la Chavigneraie and Auvray, Stanislas Lami do not list it. Contemporary dictionaries, Kjellberg, Benezit, are not familiar with it either. No exhibition has showcased it. As far as we know. Where does this d'Aguiar come from?
The rare times it goes up for auction, it is written: "signed d'Aguiar". Some daring auctioneer takes the plunge, and here is our renowned Hispanic artist, belonging to the Spanish school of sculpture.
It is true that his name, which appears on the terrace of the works he has created, has the consonance: d'Aguiar. What a shame to leave this artist in the shadows... It took many hours of patient research to trace, like Theseus following Ariadne's thread, a tiny bit of the trail of this mysterious sculptor. But while most of his life remains indecipherable, a small window has opened. Let us get to know Luis d'Aguiar.
Luis d'Aguiar, a Chilean businessman. In reality, our artist is not Spanish. Nor Portuguese, although he comes from a very ancient and illustrious Lusitanian family. His ancestors settled on the Valparaiso side in the early 19th century, even before Chile's independence (which occurred in 1810).However, in the 1860s, the d'Aguiars from Chile set foot in France for business, and from then on, they divided their time and activities between France, Europe, and that distant strip of land wedged between the Andes and the Pacific, far to the southwest of the American continent.