This is a wonderful large 26inches tall bronze by the well listed French sculptor Ernest Rancoulet. It is titled Repousser De La Renaissance and it is a figure of a Renaissance armourer at work.This is pictured in Berman's books on bronze sculpture.He also made a small version of this man as a silversmith.Little seems to be known about Rancoulet other than he was from Bordeaux. Almost all listing about him have a incorrect birth date of 1870 but that was the first date that he showed at a French salon according to Benizet. So his birthdate is unknown. He is listed as dying in 1915.Most of his known works seem to be from the 1870 to 1890 period and I would date our work from the 70's or early 80's.In nice original patina with no missing parts this large bronze figure will make a commanding presence in your collection. This weighs 55 lbs so we will have to make a crate for this!