19th Century French bronze of Classical Female Bust


19th Century French bronze of Classical Female Bust
Stamped “Reduction Mecanique” which was used when casting smaller reproductions of famous statues as in the foundry of Ferdinand Barbedienne.
Stamped with “78” on underside.
Sculpture is in good condition.

Generally speaking, wherever metallurgical technology has been developed, metal has been used in sculpture. In the past, the most common type of metal used was bronze – an alloy of tin (10 percent) and copper (90 percent) which was first perfected in Greek art of the Classical period. Indeed, contrary to the popular image of Greek sculpture being made from white marble, something like half of all Greek statues were composed of bronze. This is because bronze has a high degree of tensile strength, which – compared to marble sculpture, or terracotta – gives the sculptor greater freedom of design, especially for extended ballet-type poses. Indeed, one could argue that the use of bronze was a key factor in how the sculpture of Ancient Greece achieved its reputation, during the 5th century BCE.

Alas, the valuable strength and durability of bronze, allied to its relatively simple method of forging, made it extremely valuable for use in weaponry, compared to other metals. As a result, 99 percent of all Ancient Greek and Roman bronzes were plundered and melted down for their metallic content. Since Classical Antiquity, bronze has remained a popular medium in all classes of plastic art.

This bust is a sculpted or cast representation of the upper part of the female figure, depicting the woman’s head and neck, and a variable portion of the chest and shoulders. The piece is supported by a plinth. This recreate the likeness of a young woman. The medium used for sculpture on this piece is bronze. It is a solid and heavy object.
Beautiful women have been a popular subject of sculptures since the beginning of time. This sculpture is no exception.


Size: 5 1/2″ wide x 4″ deep x 10″ high