Lot 8 (Garden and Natural History Live Auction, 1st October 2019)

Sold for £6,000

Lot details

Sculpture: A Val d’Osne foundry cast iron torchère figure of a maiden

late 19th century

the base with applied brass plaque inscribed FONDERIES DU VAL D’OSNE, 56 BD VOLTAIRE, PARIS

210cm high

Founded by J.P.Andre in 1835 and based at the Val d’Osne, in the Haute-Marne, the company took over rival firms such as Barbezat and Ducel becoming the largest and most prolific foundry of decorative and sculptural cast iron in France. The company exhibited at the Great Exhibitions of 1851 and 1862 as well as the Chicago Great Exhibition of 1893. This model is illustrated in the Val d’Osne foundry catalogue. Plate 386 No 285 (See engraving)