French 19th Century Ormolu Sculpture Mounted Into A Lamp, By Mathurin Moreau
Item # 8607
A superb French 19th century ormolu sculpture mounted into a lamp, by Mathurin Moreau dated 1879. Raised on an impressive base with fluted feet topped with rosette blocks and curved frieze with foliate chasing. The ormolu sculpture is on a patinated bronze terrain. The young couple are in classic drape with the maiden holding a bouquet of flowers and her hair gathered up with ribbons. The young man has her in his arms as they seemingly walk together. Wonderful expressions and details throughout.
Mathurin Moreau (1822 – 1912) was a renowned French sculptor in the academic style. Moreau was born in Dijon, first exhibited in the 1848 Salon, and finally received a medal of honor from the Salon in 1897. He was made mayor of the 19th arrondissement of Paris, and in 1912 had a street named in his honor. His work can be seen at the Palais du Luxembourg, the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Musée d’Orsay and other locations around the world.