REF NO : B70751

Val d' Osne

A Rare Pair of Cream-Painted and Gilt-Decorated Cast Iron Busts and Pedestals

France, Circa 1900

£24,000

Val d'Osne Foundry - A Rare Pair of Cream-Painted and Gilt-Decorated Cast Iron Busts and Pedestals Allegorical of Spring and Winter. One with an engraved...

Dimensions

Height: 203 cm (80 in)
Width: 40 cm (16 in)
Depth: 40 cm (16 in)
REF NO : B70751

Description

Val d’Osne Foundry – A Rare Pair of Cream-Painted and Gilt-Decorated Cast Iron Busts and Pedestals Allegorical of Spring and Winter.

One with an engraved plaque signed ‘FONDERIES DU VAL D’OSNE 58 BD VOLTAIRE – PARIS’.

This rare pair of allegorical busts and accompanying pedestals are illustrated in the Val d’Osne catalogue of 1900. In which the busts are titled ‘Vesta’, an allegory of winter, and Flore, an allegory of Spring. Stylistically the models can be attributed to the sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French 1824 – 1887).

French, Circa 1900.

Date

Circa 1900

Origin

France

Medium

Cast Iron

Signature

The pedestals with an engraved plaque inscribed ‘FONDERIES DU VAL D'OSNE 58 BD VOLTAIRE - PARIS’.

Val d' Osne

A frequent participant at the international exhibitions during the second half of the 19th Century, the prolific firm of Val d’Osne, established by J.P.V. André in 1835, was known for its extensive inventory of architectural designs and ‘fancy castings’.

Noted sculptors like Carrier-Belleuse, Mathurin Moreau, Pradier and Delaplanche created numerous models exclusively for Victor André. The firm met with critical acclaim at the 1857 London Exhibition with a monumental bronze fountain cast with swans and Classical figures. Acquired by Barbezat & Cie in 1867, and allying with the fondeur J.J. Ducel towards 1870, the company was eventually renamed Société Anonyme des Hauts-Fourneaux & Fonderies du Val-D’Osne, Anciennes maison J.P.V. André et J.J. Ducel et Fils.

The most celebrated works of art cast by the firm are irrefutably the Parisian subway entrances designed by Hector Guimard.

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