This piece is is in the Art Nouveau style that was all the rage from the 1890's through to World War One (1914). Busts of this type produced in France and Austria during this period were made in pottery, porcelain, bronze and “Spelter”. The upper...Continue Reading
One has to be careful at auctions, not particulary because of out and out fraud, but just the plain lack of due diligence on the part of whoever cataloged the sale. One of the most common errors is in the description of "Bronze Figures" , a great...Continue Reading
Quite often in the Appraisal business it's my sad duty to inform an eager Inheritor of a "Antique Barye Bronze" that the piece is not actually bronze or an original by Bayre* at all and is a mass produced "Spelter" figurine. Spelter is a Zinc...