French Cast Iron Fountain with Dolphins by Val d'Osne For Sale
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French Cast Iron Fountain with Dolphins by Val d'Osne

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A rare and highly-decorative French cast iron fountain by the Val d'Osne Foundry. The oval tazza form bowl is lobed with pearl beads around the inner perimeter, and is supported on a base of four mythical dolphins. The fountain is depicted in the Val d'Osne catalog of 1892 (see photos). Val d'Osne was an art foundry established in 1835 by Jean Pierre Andre Victor, the inventor of the process for making ornamental cast iron. Originally, the company started by manufacturing street furniture and decorative cast iron, and its rapid growth allowed it to buy out many of its competitors. Over the years the Val d'Osne foundry exhibited in many expositions around the world, including the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851 in London, and was regularly rewarded with various medals for excellence. Notably, for the Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris, Val d'Osne designed the four statues of Fames restraining Pegasus on the socles of the Alexandre III bridge, and Art Nouveau style decorations for the Paris metro designed by Hector Guimard.

Details

  • Creator
    Val D'Osne Foundry (Manufacturer)
  • In the Style Of
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1860-1880
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    CastIron,Paint
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Good overall and structurally sound, with areas of rust, chipping paint, dings, etc., all consistent with age and use.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions
    H 19 in. x W 22.25 in. x D 19.25 in.H 48.26 cm x W 56.52 cm x D 48.9 cm
  • Seller Location
    Charleston, SC
  • Seller Reference Number
    #3026A
  • Reference Number
    LU838518193261
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Located in Charleston, SC
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