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Discussion in 'Art' started by rink28, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. rink28

    rink28 Well-Known Member

    I was wondering if someone could help me ID this sculpture. Its a woman feeding chickens. Thanks for any info!

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  2. Houseful

    Houseful Well-Known Member

    Think the surname is Moreau.
  3. rink28

    rink28 Well-Known Member

    Thanks! The first name looks like franc?
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  4. stracci

    stracci Well-Known Member

    Wow, I love this!
    It's very lively and shows a lot of movement.
    Beautiful piece.
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  5. Houseful

    Houseful Well-Known Member

    Just having a look, maybe Francois?
  6. rink28

    rink28 Well-Known Member

    Found this. Im wondering if this is even bronze. Its not im my possession its going to be for sale at a upcoming local auction.
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  7. rink28

    rink28 Well-Known Member

  8. rink28

    rink28 Well-Known Member

    I'm going to preview for it so I'll be able to tell if its patinated or not.
  9. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    I think this must be after François Clement Moreau, looks like bronze though.
  10. rink28

    rink28 Well-Known Member

    Thanks. When you say after do you mean after his death this was done?
  11. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    In this context 'after' means 'in the style of'.

    You know it's patinated, that's why the dress is a different color than the flesh. Question is whether it's bronze or composite.

  12. rink28

    rink28 Well-Known Member

    Thanks bronwen! That's it. I'll probably pass on it then. Its nice looking either way.
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  13. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Just an inverted close-up....

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  14. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    She is lovely, rink.
    It is definitely patinated and there is a hint of colour too. I agree, the siggy is for François Clement Moreau. I hope it is by him too.
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  15. rink28

    rink28 Well-Known Member

    Thanks everyone. So since its patinated the sculpture is just painted over with a bronze patina but no actually made from bronze correct?
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  16. Houseful

    Houseful Well-Known Member

    Most real bronzes are patinated as they come out of the mould looking like bright new pennies, so often are darkened with liver of sulphur to give the usual dark brown patination like the other one you found. The one you are looking at could be real bronze with an applied patination to give these colours. Think Bergmann cold painted bronzes. The best thing to do is handle it. If it’s cold it’s bronze metal, and sounds like metal if you gently tap it, if its room temperature and perhaps has small blown holes then likely bronze resin.
    I would ask the seller if you can if it’s foundry cast bronze if you can’t handle it in person.
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  17. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

    most probably Hippolyte François Moreau. I wouldn't bother. the round wooden pedestal give it away as post-WWII, although they still used the square nuts in the socle.
    furthermore the whole clan showed more excellence at breeding children than at new artistic ideas. they often took subjects from the pre-revolutionary 18th c. like sheperdesses and other country scenes.
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  18. janettekay

    janettekay Well-Known Member

    I used to have one just like it...but no base...was pot metal...that lady was a very popular subject :rolleyes:
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  19. rink28

    rink28 Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys for the info!!
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