These charming and attractive pair of young lady figures have been moulded from bronze originals and then cast in Spelter an alloy of Lead, Tin and Zinc. They were then cold painted with attractive naturalistic colours which imitate the natural oxygenisation of bronze. They were creatively modelled in the style of Auguste Moreau, a prominent late 19th century Art Nouveau sculptor whose work was influenced by the art movement called ‘Realism’ which begun in the mid 19th Century.
So, these figures are the Sculptor’s own interpretation of Realism. These figures thus depict principal aspects of ‘Realism’ as seem in everyday working life by working class people. An example can be seen of this movement by the French Artist ‘Jules Breton’ in his painting entitled, ‘The End Of The Working Day’
They are very realistically modelled. They are just superb!
One figure is shown carrying a large basked of grapes and a grape knife, and the other is carrying a large basked of mussels, a bundle of seaweed and a crab which is seen lying at her feet.
They stand on black painted round turned wooden bases and each figure is named on a guilt metal plaque positioned on each of their own bases, shown written in French. The one says, ‘PECHEUSE de MODLES’, an interpreted of this is ‘The Fisherwoman with Mussels’ and the other one is ‘LA VENDANGE’, interpreted as ‘The Grape Harvest’. Please see the appropriate pictures.
Sizes. Height 20, ½ ” Max. overall width 10” Diameter of Base 7”
Height 20, ½ “ Max. overall width 9” Diameter of Base 7”
Weight. Musses Lady 4202 gms or 4.2 KG or 9lb 4.2ozs.
Grape Lady 3980 gms or 3.98 KG or 8lb 12.4ozs.