Antique Vintage Florentine French Italian Italy Cherub Horse Fish Urn Vase Metal
Measures approximately 24" x 14", made of metal, some chipping to paint, and paint loss, ANTIQUE FRANCAISE, PARIS SPELTER DAUPHINE THEME URN LAMP CHERUBS, HORSES PAINTED, Extremely rare early 1900's gilded spelter lamp, this one does not have the francaise mark, MOREAU FOUNDRY MARK "FRANCAISE PARIS" is found on some similiar lamps, ect. The Dauphiné (pronounced: [dofine]) or Dauphiné Viennois is a former province in southeastern France,
whose area roughly corresponded to that of the present departments of Isère, Drôme, and Hautes-Alpes.
The Dauphiné (also historically called the Dauphiny in English) was originally the County of Albon,
but the counts took the title Dauphin, from which the region gets its name.
It was a state of the Holy Roman Empire, although after 1349 it was ruled by the King of France,
and often by his heir, with the title of Dauphin. It remained an imperial state until the French Revolution,
but after 1457 it was controlled by the French crown without outside interference or internal autonomy.
SPELTER IS A SYNONYM FOR A ZINC ALLOY. FIGURINES, CANDLESTICKS, AND OTHER PIECES WERE MADE OF SPELTER AND GIVEN A BRONZE OR PAINTED FINISH. EARLY TWENTIETH-CENTURY ART NOUVEAU AND ART DECO FIGURES AND LAMPS WERE OFTEN MADE OF SPELTER. THE METAL HAS BEEN USED SINCE ABOUT THE 1860S TO MAKE STATUES, TABLEWARES, AND LAMPS THAT RESEMBLE BRONZE. THE PARTICULAR MOREAU FAMILY MEMBERS WHO CONCERN US TODAY ARE LOUIS AUGUSTE MOREAU (1855-1919) AND HIPPOLYTE FRANCOIS MOREAU (1857-1930). THEY ARE PERHAPS BEST-KNOWN FOR THEIR ORNATE CLOCKS AND MANTEL GARNITURES CASED IN EITHER BRONZE OR SPELTER.
BOTH MOREAU BROTHERS IN THIS PARTNERSHIP WERE ARTISTS WHO SCULPTED AND PRODUCED BRONZE STATUARY, AND THEIR ORIGINAL BRONZE PIECES CAN BRING CONSIDERABLE AMOUNTS OF MONEY. BUT THEY ALSO SET UP A STUDIO TO MAKE SPELTER COPIES OF THEIR WORKS IN QUANTITY, AND THESE ARE FAR LESS HIGHLY REGARDED BY COLLECTORS.
SPELTER IS SOMETIMES SYNONYMOUS WITH THE ELEMENT ZINC, BUT IN ANTIQUE OR VINTAGE STATUARY, IT IS USUALLY AN ALLOY OF ZINC THAT IS SOMETIMES CALLED "WHITE METAL" OR "POT METAL." OFTEN, SPELTER IS GIVEN A THIN COATING OF BRONZE TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THE MORE EXPENSIVE ALLOY OF COPPER, BUT TELLING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BRONZE-COATED SPELTER AND SOLID BRONZE IS NOT DIFFICULT.