A bronze figure, 'Devoir Civique' by Eugene Marioton…
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A bronze figure, 'Devoir Civique' by Eugene Marioton (1854-1925), circa 1904, the majestic figure of a gesturing swordsmith standing by an anvil, the tools of his trade by his feet, title incised to the square base, incised signature, Eug. Marioton to the side; with presentation inscription from 'La Societe Generale de Secours Mutuels de Troyes' to their president, M. Hippolyte Daunay, height 62 cm

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  • Incised - A record of a name, date or inscription, or a decoration scratched into a surface, usually of a glass or ceramic item with a blunt instrument to make a coarse indentation. Compare with engraving where the surface is cut with a sharp instrument such as a metal needle or rotating tool to achieve a fine indentation.
  • Circa - A Latin term meaning 'about', often used in the antique trade to give an approximate date for the piece, usually considered to be five years on either side of the circa year. Thus, circa 1900 means the piece was made about 1900, probably between 1895 and 1905. The expression is sometimes abbreviated to c.1900.
  • Bronze - An alloy of copper and tin, traditionally in the proportions of about 9 parts of copper to 1 part of tin.

    The discovery of bronze in Western Asia in the 4th century enabled people to create metal objects which were superior to those previoulsy possible because of its strength and hardness, and it has been used throughout the world for weapons, coins, tools, statuary and other decorative items.

    It is very fluid in a molten state, and its hardness, strength when set, and non-corrosive properties makes it most suitable for casting sculpture.

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