FINE SGD C.19th SPELTER BRONZE FIGURINE 'LE PRINTEMPS'

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  • Item Category: Metals
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 14,2008
  • Channel: Online Auction

This is a superb signed c.19th French spelter bronze figurine entitled 'Le Printemps'' by French sculptor L. Raphael. Brass name plate to front of base. Signature of sculptor impressed on spelter base. My bronze figurines come from a variety of sources including part clearance collections, quality antique fairs and small private sales which uncover pieces from the 18th,19th, 20th centuries and later periods, and include a variety of bronzes such as animalier, Art Nouveau, Art Deco. This is a very fine spelter figurine and a wonderful subject matter with exquisite detail. A pair of lovers are depicted. The male figure is handing his lover a bird nest with birds in. The young female figurine has flowers gatd in her apron. A butterfly rests on her shoulder. Attention to facial detail of both figures is particularly beautiful.. The figures are mounted on wood plinth. I am not certain if plinth has been cleaned or if plinth is not original to figures. In my view I think the plinth has been cleaned and that it is original. It is in excellent condition and is entirely the correct size for the spelter. The condition of the spelter is excellent with usual age commensurate wear. An impressive signed spelter which m easures some 17 " height. A superb and a very collectable French spelter figurine which will make a fine decorative display.

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