A very lovely French Art Nouveau bronze bust by Emmanuel Villanis c1890. Bust of a young woman with downcast melancholic eyes. Fine rich brown and verdigris patination, and with exceptional hand chased surface detail. Titled to the fore. Signed E Villanis and with embossed foundry mark for Bronze Garanti au titre Paris. Raised on a black marble stepped rectangular base. The bronze measures 29 cm overall. This bronze titled “Nelly” perhaps named after Nellie Farren (a famous burlesque actress who toured internationally) or perhaps Nelly Dean (the principal narrator