Mid-19th Century French Polished Iron Roman Female Statuary Signed J.J. Ducel
Decorate an entry or a patio with this elegant antique statuary. Crafted in France circa 1850, and made of cast iron, the sculpture depicts a Roman figure in formal clothing holding a torch. The art work is signed on the front base by the artist, J.J. Ducel Maitre de Forges Paris. The tall garden statue is in excellent condition with a beautiful patinated polished steel finish. Weight 83 pounds. Jean Jacques Ducel (1801-1877) was a Marseille born French sculptor, founder and iron master. He created the Ducel foundry in 1829 with Paulin Viry, purchasing the Pocé-sur-Cisse estate iron foundry and it became one of the largest art foundries in France until Ducel’s death. The factory was sold in 1878 to the Fonderie de la Haute-Marne. However, prior to the firm’s sale, critics at the 1867 Paris Exposition Universelle proclaimed that “Ducel is the great manufacturer of works in cast-iron, to whom Paris is so largely indebted for the grace and elegance that supply so many of the adornments of its streets”. Ducel, Val d’Osne and other associated foundries produced both bronze and cast-iron statuary. Measures: 18″ W x 9″ D x 37.75″ H.
|Dimensions||18" W x 9" D x 37.75" H|