After Mathurin Moreau (French, 1822-1912), patinated bronze sculpture, 'La Pensee', early 20th century, cast by 'Societe des bronzes de Paris', depicting a winged classical muse, above a seated contemplative semi-clad poet, on naturalistic base, signed 'Math Moreau', with foundry stamp and numbered, the base labelled 'La Pensee salon des Beaux Arts', height 100 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, France, thence by descent, Sydney
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- 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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