Francisque Joseph Duret (1804-1865), Vendangeur Improvisant sur un Sujet Comique 1839, bronze, signed on the barrel: Duret, titled on the base: Improvvisatore, height 54.5 cm. Other Notes: after the original in the Louvre, Duret won the Prix de Rome at the age of 19 and later received numerous official commissions including the Fontaine Saint-Michel in Paris and was a Professor at l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
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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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