An authentic (not a modern recast!) French Art Nouveau statue showing Lady "Mutualite" sowing money.
The statue is a "regule" or spelter (a zinc alloy of the time) with a bronze patina.
It is absolutely beautiful from any angle!
Lady Mutualite is a friendly, generous character with a smile.
She has the long flowing hair of the Art Nouveau times, and in her very feminine dress, the most lovely body!
She breaks the news by holding a kind of signal in one hand, while, like Lady Fortune in the Greek mythology, she brings a tray with gold coins, in the manner of someone who would be throwing seeds in a wheat field.
The bronze patina has several tones, from olive to brown, and has remained remarkably fresh and intact.
Lady Mutuality was a novel concept at the time and probably an early bank symbol. If assets are put together, then there is a substantial redistribution of dividends.
The piece was originally fixed to a base. My guess is that it was part of a larger group, that may have included a central clock.
The kind of monumental furniture you would find in French ministries at the time!
While the old official style has since dived into oblivion, Lady Mutualite has remained youthful and smiling, and just the most adorable character today.
A small treasure of French Art Nouveau with a cheerful, optimistic spirit and in remarkable condition.
CONDITION: In very good condition with just a slight loss of patina at the top of the torch.
The difference of level in the letters is not a crack, but is meant as part of the cast.
Though the metal strap seems slightly bent at the bottom, piece is stable.
MEASUREMENTS: Length: 13 1/4". Diameter of base: 3 1/2".
(34 cm) by (9 cm)
Will be shipped "Expedited" from Paris (5-7 days) including insurance and signature at delivery.
(Piece is quite heavy which explains shipping)
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