A fine bronze sculpture of Icarus by Georges Colin (1876-1917), 'Le vol d'Icare' (1907), circa 1910. Depicting a large silvered & gilt bronze Icarus with spread wings standing on his toes, his body leaning forward to jump off a Cliff, all raised on a stepped portoro marble base, signed 'Colin George' to the drapery & stamped 'Syndicat des Fabricants de bronze 1818 France', the Cliff inscribed 'A notre President Gustave Bachle' & dated 25 Oct 1930. Originally commissioned to G. Colin for a public monument in honour of Santos Dumont. H: 40 cm, W: 37 cm
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- 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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