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1985/19: A rare and fine quality mid-19th century bronze HALF BUSHEL MEASURE, in superb condition. Cast in solid bronze (very heavy!) for the County of Essex, and dated 1844, this is also engraved with the makers: de Grave, LONDON, together with various "proof' marks for successive monarchs. Ideal for use as a Wine Cooler, or perhaps a floral centrepiece? 20ins wide across the handles; 15.5ins dia; 7ins high. *These high quality precision measures were used by Customs & Excise Officers to ensure that makret traders did not under-sell their customers. Woe betide if a trader was found short-selling his bushel of wheat; he would be heavily fined; sometimes imprisoned and even shipped to Australia if a repeat offender! c.1844

bronze, bushel, measure, object

£2150

1982/19: Theodore GECHTER: a charming mid-19th century French animalier BRONZE SCULPTURE of a Pack Horse. Finely modelled and particularly well cast, it is signed within the integral base: T. GECHTER. Good colour and patina. 6ins long. *Jean-Francoise "Theodore" GECHTER was a noteworthy French sculptor and one of the early proponents of the "Animalier" movement. He was born in Paris in 1795 and first exhibited in 1824. He died relatively young in 1844 aged 49 years. c.1835

bronze, French, horse, object

£450

1974/19: GAUDEZ: an impressive and fine quality BRONZE SCULPTURE entitled "Le Devoir" (translation: "The Duty"). The young man stands, scantily clad with his left hand resting on a plough and a sword in his right hand. Beautifully modelled and cast with an applied plaque to the front engraved: "Le Devoir par A. Gaudez, Hors Concours" and a cast signature to the integral bronze base. 23ins (58.5cms) high. *Adrien Etienne GAUDEZ was born in Lyon, France in 1845. He worked almost exclusively in bronze, producing a wide range of military and patriotic works, winning various awards. He died in 1902. c.1875

bronze, male, object, sculpture

£1450

1970/19: P.J. MENE: an endearing and fine quality late 19th century French BRONZE SCULPTURE of a retriever. The hound is depicting sitting obediently whilst awaiting his master’s command, his prey laid out on the ground before him. It is signed within the integral bronze base; 9.5ins (24cms) wide. *Pierre Jules MENE was a highly regarded sculptor in the famous French 'animalier' movement. Born in 1810, he is regarded as one of the founders of the movement and indeed a leading artist of the 19th century. He died in 1879. c.1860

bronze, dog, Mene, object

£620

1936/19: JOSEPH DESCOMPS: a fine Art Deco period silvered BRONZE SCULPTURE entitled "Enchanted". This beautiful bronze depicts a young woman, her long hair kept in place by a simple "tiara" with a matching necklace, whilst dressed "decolletage" in a long stylised gown of the 1920's period. Fully signed within the integral bronze base. Supported on its original shaped variegated onyx plinth, this measures 15.5ins (39.5cms) overall. c.1925

ArtDeco, bronze, object, sculpture

£2250

1859/18: HENRI FUGERE: an unusual and quite large cast BRONZE DISH by this famous French sculptor. Of the Art Nouveau period, it depicts a naked young woman reclining in a field whilst holding flowers in her left hand. The two handles show distinct influences of the Art Nouveau movement, and it is signed by the artist, lower right. 16.5ins (42cms) wide. *Henri Fugere (French 1872-1944) was a statuary artist, born in St. Mande, a city to the North of Paris. He studied in Paris with Barrias and Cavalier amongst others, and was influential in the Art Deco movement for 'chryselephantine' figures (usually a bronze body with ivory face, hands and feet) made famous by Chiparus, Preiss and others. c.1895

bronze, French, object, sculpture

£485

1834/18: AUGUSTE MOREAU: an attractive late 19th century French BRONZE FIGURE of a young girl walking barefoot through the countryside carrying a sprig of flowers in her left hand and a basket of fruit over her arm. Signed 'Aug Moreau' within the integral bronze base and also labelled with an applied plaque for the foundry: "Duval, Bronzier, PARIS". 16ins high. *August Francoise MOREAU (1834-1917) was a famous French sculptor, one of a family dynasty who were all sculptors. The Father, Jean-Baptiste, had three sons: August, Maturin and Hippolyte-Francois. c.1870

bronze, Girl, Moreau, object

£1100

1711/18: EUGENE MARIOTON: a large and most impressive gilt BRONZE SCULPTURE of "Victory". Measuring 24ins (63cms) high overall she is depicted as a winged young woman, dancing with arms outstretched. She wears a stylised helmet and flowing dress and is mounted on an integral gilt bronze base. Good original gilding and fine patina. Signed: "Eug Marioton" and with stamp for the foundry: E. Colins et Cie, Paris. 24ins (63cms) high * Eugene MARIOTON (1854-1933) enjoyed a long and very successful career as a sculptor specialising in large impressive heroic figures. c.1890

bronze, French, Marioton, object

£2350

1687/18: A very pretty mid/late 19th century Japanese BRONZE VASE of the Meiji period. Of slender and elegant shape, it features a splendid cockerel perched on a prunus branch with copper, silver and gold inlay of the finest quality. Engraved signature to the body. 7.25ins (18.5cms) high. c.1865

bronze, Japanese, object, vase

£495

1599/17: Van Der Straeten: a charming Art Nouveau period BRONZE BUST of compact size, depicting a young lady who smiles broadly, her hair tied up with a scarf. She wears her dress in a 'decolletage' style ~ the popular fashion of the day. Mounted on a shaped onyx base and signed both by the artist and the foundry. 8ins high; 4.5ins wide; 3.5ins deep. (20 x 11.5 x 9cms) *Georges Van Der Straeten was born in Ghent in 1856 and died in 1941. He moved to Paris in 1885 and represents the Belle Epoque period (1871-1914), becoming famous for his busts of young women. This one he called "Felicia". c.1890

ArtNouveau, bronze, object, woman

£295

1576/17: An amusing (and rare) late 19th century Austrian cold-painted BRONZE ELEPHANT in good original condition. He is portrayed with his trunk raised playfully and is complete with his original polished ivory tusks and original paintwork. Apparently unmarked but clearly a genuine Vienna cold-painted bronze. 6.5ins long; 4.25ins high; 2.5ins deep (16.5 x 10.8 x 6.5cms) c.1880

Austrian, bronze, elephant, object

£785

1525/17: An impressive and large set of FOUR early 20th century Art Deco period BRONZE SCULPTURES, representing the four Seasons. Apparently unsigned, but probably Italian and perhaps in the style of Palozzi, these striking bronzes have a charm and presence of their own. Each measures 24ins (61cms) high and can presumably be displayed either outside or indoors. Priced for the set of four. c.1920

bronze, Italian, object, sculpture

£4950