View Full Version : Identifying French Bronze 1883-1900
10-23-2006, 01:57 PM
Hi. I would appreciate any insights members may have concerning a French bronze that has been in our family for over 40 years--could be longer, but anyone with knowledge after that has died. It is from the Alexis Rudier foundry, but it was purchased long before the forgery scandal in the 1980s. It appears to have been a study in 1883 of a nude woman sitting on a rock thinking, and then appears to have been re-worked in 1900 when a pig's head was added and the woman's ankle was chained to the pig....this image, plus the inscriptions, make it seem like a work between lovers...There are pictures at http://www.cicerodesigns.com/LaChaineAA.htm
10-23-2006, 08:06 PM
I saw the main, overall image, but my connection is dialup, and I didn't wait for other views. I don't find anything familiar in the overall view.
11-18-2006, 05:37 AM
Only an expert will be able to identify a good copy from an original. As a very simple guide though; an original will be crisp, slightly larger than any copy and have the right feel about it. From your pictures it is difficult to tell but it is worth talking to an expert in this field. I believe that there were a huge number of copies made of European sculpture in the late 19th and early 20th century in Russia and other places and sold across the world as original "Art". I think this was one of the reasons why the limited edition concept was introduced. Best of luck. Robert
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