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    Sale 7569

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 53

    A SET OF FOUR FRENCH LIFE-SIZE PAINTED CAST-IRON FIGURES EMBLEMATIC OF THE SEASONS

    PROBABLY CAST BY VAL D'OSNE, FROM MODELS BY MATHURIN MOREAU, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A SET OF FOUR FRENCH LIFE-SIZE PAINTED CAST-IRON FIGURES EMBLEMATIC OF THE SEASONS
    PROBABLY CAST BY VAL D'OSNE, FROM MODELS BY MATHURIN MOREAU, LAST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    Spring as a classically draped maiden, garlanded and holding a floral wreath; Summer modelled as a youth with sickle and rake; Autumn as a youth picking fruit from a vine; Winter wearing hooded robes, her head downcast towards a flaming pyre
    63¼ in. (161 cm.) high (4)


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    For illustrations of similar figures of Spring and Autumn, see Jean-Claude Renard, L'Age de le Fonte, Les éditions de l'Amateur, Paris, 1985, pp. 118-119 & 135.

    A related set of figures inscribed BARBEZAT & CIE, VAL D'OSNE sold Christie's South Kensington, 2 February 2000, lot 279 (£45,500).

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