A pair of French life-size polychrome-decorated cast-iron figural torcheres on pedestals
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A pair of French life-size polychrome-decorated cast-iron figural torcheres on pedestals

CAST BY VAL D'OSNE FROM MODELS BY MATHURIN MOREAU, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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A pair of French life-size polychrome-decorated cast-iron figural torcheres on pedestals
Cast by Val d'Osne from models by Mathurin Moreau, Late 19th Century
One as an Egyptian woman, the other as a Nubian, each supporting a torche with frosted glass flambeau shade, on a circular spreading pedestal cast with scrolling foliage
Overall: 127 in. (323 cm.) high (2)
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Lot Essay

The eminent French foundry of Val d'Osne was established in the town of the same name by J. P. V. André in 1835. Somewhat of an entrepreneur, André made an early name for himself by inventing a cheap system of moulding drainage and water pipes, which he supplied in large quantities to the city of Paris.

A frequent participant at the international exhibitions of the second half of the nineteenth century, in particular receiving critical acclaim for a large fountain shown in London in 1851, the Val d'Osne foundry's output was not only prolific but hugely diverse. Taken over by Barbezat & Cie in 1867, and allying with the fondeur 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.

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