This is a gorgeous painted spelter (zinc alloy metal) statue signed "Aug.te Moreau" (Auguste Moreau). The statue is made in the form of a maiden, clad in diaphanous dress and holding a conch shell in her left hand and with her right arm outstretched. She appears to be standing in waves. Her hair extends out to the back - this is a beautifully cast piece. It has the foundry authentication medallion affixed to the base at the back, which reads "Fabrication Francaise Paris Made in France". She is painted in antiqued ivory and metallic gold, quite striking in comparison to more normally seen bronze patinated spelter. The underside is hollow and has a bar affixed across the opening, with a hole drilled in it to allow the piece to be affixed to a pedestal or stand of some sort. The statue is cast in one piece and is quite large, measuring 25" in height to the top of the outstretched hand. It is in very good condition with the exception of a couple of spots where the paint is worn to the spelter - this could be easily touched up, but is quite minor in any case as this displays very well as is. The statue weighs 6.5 kilos (14.3 lbs).
Auguste Moreau (1834-1917) was the son of sculptor and painter Jean-Baptiste Moreau, one of three brothers who were successful sculptors and was also the father of Louis Auguste Moreau, also a very well known sculptor. He first exhibited at the Salon in 1861 and continued to show there until 1913. He is known for his Art Nouveau figures, of which this is an excellent example.
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