Rare 19th century French wrought iron garden seat with original red paint. lead makers seal. Height 84 cm. Width 46 cm. Depth 40 cm
lead statuary and objects. Lead is a soft, heavy, with a low melting point, making it suitable for detailed moulding. Because of its durability and resistance to corrosion it is suitable for outdoor applications, which has led to its extensive use in garden statues and objects since Roman times.
It develops a silver-grey to lead-grey patina over time.
For garden statuary and objects, it is also a less expensive material to use, than bronze or stone.
However its softness is also a disadvantage as garden statuary made from lead is easily damaged, especially if moulded as a hollow, as for example, in a human or animal form.
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