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Art Deco1794 of 2012OLD CIRCUS POSTERFalling  Male Nude Bronze by Pierre Felix "Fix" Masseau, 1920's
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Posted 3 years ago

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GuardCat791
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Over 40 years ago while working on a wrecked car my father found this bronze nude in the trunk. She appears to have castanets in her hands and beautiful detail of a flower and head band in her hair. We can't find any artist markings; we have no idea how old she actually is or if she really is made from bronze. She's been sitting on the shelf in my closet for over 5 years. I would greatly appreciate any information that you could give me regarding this statue.
Thank you so very much.

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  1. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 3 years ago
    It strikes me as unusual that both arms have a ring around them. Is she hollow? Are the arms removable? (unscrew, maybe?)
  2. GuardCat791, 3 years ago
    The arms were apparently damaged years ago and someone tried to fix them. As for them being hollow, I don't think so. This bronze nude is heavy so I doubt that it is hollow. Thank for asking.
  3. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 3 years ago
    It is not at all unusual for the arms to look like this. Few pieces with movement were made from one casting. The arms were the motion - so for that they had to have multiple castings. They never unscrewed or anything bizarre like that, but they were attached separately. Over time the patina has been rubbed or taken off and the arms have loosened from the statue, you can see the weld. Simply called wear !! Looks basically to be bronze. The arms are probably not repaired, but because of age, and minor damage, and the patina removed, you see the join marks. Symbolic of the era.
  4. Stillwater Stillwater, 1 year ago
    Yeah it looks like they were actually broken? Wouldn't you think they would do a better job of attaching them if it had been case in pieces? Weird... Because how could they possibly BREAK off like that?...

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