A FRENCH 19th CENTURY ORIENTALIST CAST IRON TORCHERE "LA NUBIENNE" AFTER THE MODEL OF MATHURIN MOREAU (1822-1912), CASTED BY LA FONDERIE DU VAL D'OSNE. CIRCA 1875.
The young bear footed Nubian girl set on a circular base is dressed in a wonderfully executed flowing garment, she stands upright with a lowered gaze, holding up the lantern above her head.
Warm patina with delicate gilded accents.
Mathurin Moreau was a notable French sculptor renowned for his elegant and detailed sculptures during the 19th Century.
His works often depicted subjects from mythology, allegory and religion.
Moreau was celebrated for his ability to capture the fine nuances of emotion and movement in his sculptures, which were crafted primarily in bronze and marble.
This sculpture is a perfect example of the collaboration between “The Fonderie du Val d’Osne” founded in 1835 by Jean -Pierre Victor André and the sculptor Mathurin Moreau.
The foundry was famous for its artistic creations, particularly in the realm of decorative and architectural bronze casting.
Sculptures and fountains created by the foundry were often exhibited at international exhibitions where they received numerous awards and medals.
Their works are highly prized by collectors and art enthusiasts, to this day considered as remarkable examples of 19th Century bronze art.
Dimensions : 160H x 45W x 40D cm
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