This French bronze dish is very attractive if a little baffling. The scene portrayed is quite unusual. There appears to be a seated man sheltering under an umbrella whilst possibly feeding scraps to a kennel bound dog, looking on through the open window is a Mr Punch type character in bed-cap type hat and a pipe in his mouth.
There maybe a root in traditional French tales that I am not familiar with or it may be as simple as a typical group from the period but it has a character "feel" about it.
Regardless of the origins of the scene it is however a nice solid, quality little piece. I particularly like the attention paid to the corner details.
The condition is very good for the age with just the usual areas of discolouration that you would expect in a bronze piece of this age.
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Measures: 5 1/2 inches square x 3/8 inch high
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