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Glass Beads in Pewter Pierrot & Colombine FORETAY

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4.50 KGS
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Product Description

A phantastic example of ART NOUVEAU sculpture of Alfred Jean FORETAY, a contemporary of Villanis and Moreau and also famous for his VELLEDA.
This absolutely authentic pewter piece of art shows the typical way of how the French Artists used their imagination about how to reuse part of their former statues in another composition. Colombine and Pierrot also were used as separate statues, seated on the last quarter of the moon. Here Pierrot, perched on a big peony, courts Columbine who sits on the curved flower stem.

The beads are original old marbles, and some really are huge glass ornaments formed as fruits like an apple, pear, and a bunch of grapes, all of the same age and an original part of this statue. A lamp (not mounted) in the vase would give a wonderful fairy-tale like scenery, and will contribute quite a lot to a cosy athmosphere.

The statue is shown in the standard work on art nouveau pewter sculptures: "Étains 1900, 200 sculptures de la Belle Époque" by Philippe Dahhan. See pages 138-150. A picture of this is included.

This c1898 piece is signed with A. Foretay et Huppe and was moulded at the Foundry Ettlinger Frères.

AGE: around 1900

DIMENSIONS: Height is 10 5/8 inches, Length is 12 inches.

CONDITION: The statue has a grey green patina and that contributes a great deal to the originality and attractiveness of this wonderful and rare masterpiece. Are there any flaws here... ?? Yes, two small ones: (1) one of the leaves has been professionally remounted. This shows the high quality of the pewter anyway. (2) one of the leaves misses a small part. This is only noticed by comparing the statue very carefully with the picture in the book, otherwise no one would see it.
Further absolutely no flaws. If you want additional pictures, i will be happy if you ask for them by email. Please indicate your preferences: higher resolution pictures or any close ups are possible. A guaranteed original piece.

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