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Old 04-17-2008, 07:19 AM
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Question three unknown bronzes

Hello all. I have three older bronze sculptures (I assume they're bronze, they may be some other type of metal) and I'm curious if anyone here is able to inform me who the artists may be. Really, any information or theories about them will be helpful.

There are two tall (20" or more) sculptures of peasants, a man and a woman. And an 8" long, 6" tall, dog. All are unsigned.

(The best way to see the images is to click "View as slideshow" on the right just above the images.)
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Many thanks in advance,
Chad
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Old 04-17-2008, 07:47 AM
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Re: three unknown bronzes

I recommend your finding a library or bookstore that has these titles, and look through them;

Bronzes Sculptors Founders by Berman which is in 3 or 4 volumes

Les Bronzes du XIX Siecle by Kjellberg organized alphabetically by sculptor

Art Bronzes by Forest organized by subject

I have these good references which are packed with photos. Not being familiar with your sculpures or recognizing the artists, I'm not motivated to take the time to pour through the books searching. That is what an appraiser would be paid to do. But if you find especially the first set of books listed, you should be able to find them, or original works from which they may have been derived.
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Old 04-17-2008, 08:31 AM
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Re: three unknown bronzes

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Bronzes Sculptors Founders by Berman which is in 3 or 4 volumes

Les Bronzes du XIX Siecle by Kjellberg organized alphabetically by sculptor

Art Bronzes by Forest organized by subject
Thank you for the bibliography, Glenn. Perhaps I'll give the books a try. I'm hoping someone out there might be familiar enough with a possible maker, style, or series that they can provide a specific starting point, but I'm not against leafing through those indexes.

Do you think they are bronzes at any rate? I'm not sure how to tell apart spelter from bronze, for example.
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Old 04-17-2008, 09:06 AM
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Re: three unknown bronzes

Hard to tell from the photos. The dog piece looks suspect due to the condition of the finish. The other two appear as bronze.
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Old 04-17-2008, 06:41 PM
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Re: three unknown bronzes

The two peasant/worker figures are typical of circa 1880 France, but I don't recall seeing figures of that sort mounted on such elaborate bases. I'm afraid I can't help more than that.
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