Posts tagged “Bronze”

MAR
03
2014

African "Benin Bronze Queen Mother Busts"

By mwilcox

Beninfake


Examples like this tend to be 20th century pieces based on original African Benin Bronze “Queen Mother” busts. The Benin kingdom was founded by the son of an Ife king in the early 14th century. The art of bronze casting was introduced around the...

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FEB
25
2014

The Susse Freres Bronze Foundry- "Barrias Dancing Girl"

By mwilcox

Barrias

The History of the Susse Freres bronze foundry in France begins in 1758, when Jean Susse moved to Paris to practice several different professions. With his sons, Nicolas and Michel Victor. Initially Susse Freres started a stationery store. Here...

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FEB
08
2014

Alexandre Vibert Vase (French, 1847-1909)

By mwilcox

Vibert

This Art Nouveau style ewer vase is by Alexandre Vibert (French, 1847-1909). The Art Nouveau style was one of the shortest lasting in modern times, its design using organic forms such a whiplash vines, flowers organic curves, and depictions of...

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DEC
24
2013

Isidore Jules Bonheur (1827 - 1901)

By mwilcox

BullThis piece's original title was “ Taureau Chargeant” ( A Pacing Bull) sculpted by Isidore Jules Bonheur . It was first cast by the Peyrol foundry Circa 1865 and some sold through Tiffany & Co. Like a great many pieces by Isidore Bonheur (1827...

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OCT
11
2013

'La Liseuse' by Albert-Ernest De Carrier Belleuse, (French 1824-1887)

By mwilcox

Bronzeivorybelluse

Carrier-Belleuse was a student of David d'Angers and for a brief period at the École des Beaux-Arts. His career took him outside his native France, to work for the famous Minton's porcelain works in England between 1850 and 1855 and in Brussels...

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OCT
06
2013

Charles Cumberworth (1811-1852) Bronze

By mwilcox

Cumber

This piece is by Charles Cumberworth (1811-1852), a French sculptor, who like many of the period produced Decorative Art bronzes designed to appeal to the growing middle class eagar to display their new found wealth. Cumberworth entered the...

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JUN
29
2013

It's Spelter?

By admin

Spelterfigures

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...

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MAY
07
2013

Spelter?

By admin

Twolions
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...

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