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    Posted 8 years ago

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    Greetings all,

    I just purchased this gorgeous Art Nouveau bronze sculpture which the (highly reputable) seller assured me was manufactured circa 1900 - 1910 and not just a finely made reproduction. He has an excellent reputation and I tended to believe him (at $600 it wasn't cheap!), but I wanted to know for SURE is if this was truly manufactured circa 1900 rather than merely a well-made "vintage" re-strike. After doing some research and some helpful comments from Cogito, I now know that it is indeed "the real deal".

    It measures 7 x 4 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches, and has the expected appropriate age-wear. The base at the bottom (also solid bronze) is affixed with 4 tiny sunken screws (see pic #4).
    I like this so much more than the "usual" bust (head and shoulders), and think it looks great from every angle. So I thought I'd share this with other like-minded collectors on this (helpful!) site.

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    1. cogito cogito, 8 years ago
      Decidedly Art Nouveau in the French style. The screw bottom was likely to affix a marble base to the piece. I'm not familiar with the sculptor, though.
    2. cogito cogito, 8 years ago
      Here's another likely by the same artist given the similarities in signature:
    3. Hyp-storian, 8 years ago
      Thanks, Cogito- much obliged for your input and that link!
      It is indeed the same signature (and style) as mine, and confirms that mine is
      a true period antique- something I was 95% certain of, but am now 100% certain.
      As for the bottom, if you look closely you'll see that there's a very thin "edge"- which IS the original bronze bottom plate, and it is this that's affixed with 4 tiny sunken brass screws so that it's completely flush. There is also some age-appropriate wear on the bottom, and it is all original- never was mounted on a marble base. I took a picture of it but didn't post it because I was only permitted to post 4 pics. If you think it's important, I'll delete one of the other pics and post one of the bottom.

      Thanks again for taking the time to reply!
    4. cogito cogito, 8 years ago
      I see what you mean now. The bottom plate is completely appropriate. You have a period piece there. I'm leaning on Austrian, but rendered in the French style. Nice.
    5. Hyp-storian, 8 years ago
      Thanks again for your insight, Cogito- much appreciated!
    6. inky inky, 8 years ago
    7. Hyp-storian, 8 years ago
      Thanks, Inky- my wife and I think so too!
    8. sarahoff sarahoff, 8 years ago
      Is that a signature along the edge of her left sleeve?
    9. Hyp-storian, 8 years ago
      Hi Sarahoff,

      Yes, it is signed "Gruber" (Franz Gruber).
      I originally posted a close-up picture of his signature but replaced it with a pic of the bottom.
    10. Hyp-storian, 8 years ago
      I agree P/D/A/M, but unfortunately I've become SO suspicious from all the fakes/forgeries/reproductions out there (especially on ebay!) that I was initially concerned that this was simply "too good to be true". In hindsight, I too feel that this was MORE than reasonably priced, and am delighted to be the proud new owner.

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