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PRESENTING a LOVELY 19C Pair of Cold Painted Bronzed Spelter Sculptures After Auguste Moreau.
Made circa 1890 in Paris, France.
Foundry Mark Stamp for Fabrication Francais, Paris, Made in France.
Polychromed finish and each sits on a red marble plinth.
Each Signed “Aug Moreau”….. After Auguste Moreau, the famous French bronze sculptor.
Evidence of age and authenticity evident from natural aging to central nut and bolt, underneath.
Lady and Boy with Wheat….. these sculptures were made to symbolize the harvest.
If these were solid bronze they would be very valuable indeed.
“The foundry mark: Fabrication Francaise Paris, made in Paris France. This was a foundry in Paris which poured French bronzes and iron work in the late 19th Century, early 20th Century. The circular foundry mark bares this name at the top, an image of a crucible set on flames in the centre, with the “Made in France” ringing the bottom f the circle, The “Made in France” in English on the foundry mark is due to the U.S trade law of 1891 that required all imports to be marked to indicate the country of origin.
The earliest known mention of the company name “Fabrication Francaise, Paris” is 1892. The exact date when this company ceased to exist is not known, as many European governments absorbed the private metal work manufacturers for war production in the years leading up to World War 1.
Fabrication Francaise, Paris was a production company that manufactured sculptures after the artist produced bronze sculptures. These reproductions were rarely cast in bronze, but cast in spelter metal (white metal/pot metal), sometimes with fabricated pieces in bronze and brass, and were painted to replicate the acid patinas of a bronze casting. The castings in spelter were most likely produced for the home décor and export markets between 1892 and 1915. “
Auguste Moreau, the third son of sculptor and painter Jean Baptiste Moreau, Auguste initiated himself to sculpture along with his older brother Mathurin. In 1861, he made his debut at the Salon, where he would exhibit regularly until 1913. His subjects were primarily genre scenes, pastorals, and allegories; his style was realistic and graceful, revealing his relation to the other members of the Moreau dynasty. The similitude of names sometimes provokes confusion in the attribution of certain works signed without first initials.
19C Pair of Cold Painted Bronzed Spelter Sculptures After Auguste Moreau
Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection.
Condition: Some damage. The marble base to the lady has cracks and a chip off the base but not clearly visible once standing. The boy would have at one time held to sheafs of wheat in each hand but the top of the sheafs is missing making it now look like he is holding a knife in one hand and baton in the other. Evidence of a repair to the lady’s feet.
Dimensions: Boy: 11.5″ Tall, Base diameter of 3.3″, 4″ Deep
Girl: 11.75″ with Base Diameter of 3.3″ and 4.75″ Wide