The quality of this bronze neoclassical figure is exceptional, with fine detail, deep rich patina, and fire gilding accents.
It measures 12 1/2" high, on a base measuring 6 3/4" x 3 3/8". The base is open on the bottom and shows screws that hold the sculpture in place.
Probably had a marble base at some time.
Signed on the corner, "Moreau", one of the famed French bronze sculptors of the 19th century. No first initial is inscribed, so it could be Auguste, Mathurin, Hippotle-Francois or Louis Auguste, as they all created neoclassical images. The signature also could be ascribed to any of them.
The figure itself is quite lovely, with a cascade of curls, gold earrings, a fine draped and flowing robe, and she stands gracefully next to a pillar, holding a tablet or scroll. As is the case with all good sculpture, the figure is artful and beautiful from every angle.
The condition is excellent, no losses, scrapes or dents, just some minor wear to the very dark patina visible where it was handled. The gilding is intact, with only slight wear or tarnish.
While there are hundreds and even thousands of bronze sculptures on the market by this group of talented sculptors, many are later reproductions and lack the fine detail, aged patina and superb quality. This is a 19th century example, and demonstrates the finest of craftsmanship and artistry.
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