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REF No. B68506
French, Circa 1900.

Height: 62 cm / 24 inches
Width: 52 cm / 20 inches
Depth: 22 cm / 9 inches

An Important Gilt Bronze Wall Mounted Fountain by ?Frédèric Deschamps?.

Signed ?Frédèric Deschamps?.

The fountain features mannerist figures peering down into a pool, centred by a swan with an aperture and small tap beneath its beak, surrounded by branches and birds.

Frédèric Deschamps (1850-1920) was born and died in Saint-Erblon in North West France, but spent most of his life working in Paris. He sculpted in a fluid mannerist form influenced by contemporary artists such as Raoul Larche and created extraordinary works in a fanciful art nouveau style. His most famous work was to be his own memorial. A neo-classical tomb composed of a monument topped by a bow and a cross which stands in Saint-Erblon. The tomb depicts a stylised figure of a mourner, sitting, looking skyward on top of a drapery which she draws an arabesque. The epitaph states:

"Monument made by F. Deschamps' sculptor, born in Saint-Erblon decorated officer of the Academy January 12, 1895 and Commissioner of Education March 28, 1901 and the Medal 1870-1871. Volunteer. "

Deschamps was awarded the 'Prix De Rome' and exhibited at many of the great exhibitions of the end of the century.

Siot-Decauville was one of the best known Parisian art foundries active from the second half of the nineteenth century to the first few decades of the twentieth. The foundry was established by Edmond Siot-Decauville in 1860 at 8-10 Rue Villehardouin together with an exhibition gallery at 24 Boulevard des Italiens.

The foundry specialised in reproducing in bronze works of renowned artists of the time including: Meissonier, Mercie, Marqueste, Valton, Larche and Deschamps. Ever forward looking the output of the foundry moved away from the genre based scenes of rivals such as Barbedienne and embraced the new styles and aesthetics of art-nouveau and symbolism. After 1920 the foundry moved to 63 Avenue Victor Emmanuel III continuing to create specialist castings in lost wax technique.

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