A monumental pair of French bronzes entitled “Ecriture” and “Lecture” by Mathurin Moreau bearing the Val d'Osne foundry inscriptions.

A monumental pair of French bronzes entitled “Ecriture” and “Lecture” by Mathurin Moreau bearing the Val d'Osne foundry inscriptions.

MATHURIN MOREAU (1822-1912)
VAL D' OSNE (founded c.1835)
A monumental pair of French bronzes entitled “Ecriture” and “Lecture” by Mathurin Moreau bearing the Val d'Osne foundry inscriptions.

Date & Origin c. 1870, France
Dimensions
H
152 cm (59 inc)
Description


Mathurin Moreau (born - Dijon, Nov 18, 1822, died - Paris, Feb 14, 1912), son and student of Jean-Baptiste Moreau, entered Paris’s Ecole des Beaux-Arts when he was nineteen, studying under the direction of Ramey and Dumont. He won the second prize of Rome in 1842 and showed his work at the Salon from 1848.

The Val d'Osne foundry, established by Jean-Pierre Victor Andre in 1836, manufactured street furniture and decorative cast iron of architectural form. They became one of the most important art foundries in France and took over rival firms, Barbezat and Ducel. One of their many monuments and commissions include the winged horses of the bridge “Alexandre III” that spans the Seine, widely regarded as the most ornate and extravagant in Paris.

Mathurin Moreau began working for the foundry of Val d’Osne around 1850, and later became one of their administrators. The company exhibited at the Great Exhibitions of 1851 and 1862 in London and Chicago in 1893.

This pair of French bronzes entitled “Ecriture” and “Lecture ” are illustrated in the Societe Anonyme des Haut Fourneaux & Fonderies du Val d’Osne catalogue, volume 2.
P.O.A
Dimensions
H
152 cm (59 inc)
Description


Mathurin Moreau (born - Dijon, Nov 18, 1822, died - Paris, Feb 14, 1912), son and student of Jean-Baptiste Moreau, entered Paris’s Ecole des Beaux-Arts when he was nineteen, studying under the direction of Ramey and Dumont. He won the second prize of Rome in 1842 and showed his work at the Salon from 1848.

The Val d'Osne foundry, established by Jean-Pierre Victor Andre in 1836, manufactured street furniture and decorative cast iron of architectural form. They became one of the most important art foundries in France and took over rival firms, Barbezat and Ducel. One of their many monuments and commissions include the winged horses of the bridge “Alexandre III” that spans the Seine, widely regarded as the most ornate and extravagant in Paris.

Mathurin Moreau began working for the foundry of Val d’Osne around 1850, and later became one of their administrators. The company exhibited at the Great Exhibitions of 1851 and 1862 in London and Chicago in 1893.

This pair of French bronzes entitled “Ecriture” and “Lecture ” are illustrated in the Societe Anonyme des Haut Fourneaux & Fonderies du Val d’Osne catalogue, volume 2.

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