Bronze Figures For Your Home: Ft. Pierre Le Faguays

Bronze Figures For Your Home: Ft. Pierre Le Faguays

Decorative Bronze Usage 

The use of bronze dates from remote antiquity. This important metal is an alloy composed of copper and tin, in proportion which vary slightly, but may be normally considered as nine parts of copper to one of tin. Other ingredients which are occasionally found are more or less accidental. The result is a metal of a rich golden brown colour, capable of being worked by causing — a process little applicable to its component parts, but peculiarly successful with bronze, the density and hardness of the metal allowing it to take any impression of a mould, however delicate. It is thus possible to create ornamental work of various kinds.

The process of casting is known as cire Perdue, and is the most primitive and most commonly employed through the centuries, having been described by the monk Theophilus, and also by Benvenuto Cellini.Briefly, it is as follows: a core, roughly representing the size and form of the object to be produced, is made of pounded brick, plaster or other similar substance and thoroughly dried. Upon this the artist overlays his wax, which he models to the degree required in his finished work. Passing from the core through the wax and projecting beyond are metal rods. The modelling being completed, called lost- wax casting, the outer covering which will form the mould has to be applied; this is a liquid formed of clay and plaster sufficiently thin to find its way into every detail of the wax model. Further coatings of liquid are applied, so that there is, when dry, a solid outer coating and a solid inner core held together by the metal rods, with the work of art modelled in wax between. Heat is applied and the wax melts and runs out, and the molten metal is poured in and occupies every detail which the wax had filled. When cool, the outer casing is carefully broken away, the core raked out as far as possible, the projecting rods are removed and the object modelled in wax appears in bronze.  If further finish is required, it is obtained by tooling.

Who is Pierre Le Faguays?
Pierre le Faguays was a French sculptor of lithe female figures, monuments, ceramics and figurative lamps working in Art Deco style, Pierre Le Faguays captured public attention with his early exhibitions of exuberant dancing figures, inspired by the statues of Tanagra, a community north of Athens known for mass produced terracotta figurines.
It is thought that, he also used the pseudonym of both Raymond Guerbe and Fayrel, which is reinforced by the similarities of subject matter and style. 

Le Faguays was a native of Nantes, France. He studied at the Paris Salon and in Geneva, Switzerland, and was a member of the Salon, La Stele and Evolution groups. His mediums included ivory, wood, stone and bronze. In 1927, he was awarded the French Medal of Honor.
He was a leading sculptor and his work is frequently praised for its high quality and attention to anatomical accuracy. He also produced designs for Goldscheider in Paris under the "La Stele" label. He worked in several mediums including ivory, bronze, spelter, stone, wood, alabaster and ceramics.
He studied with his friend Max Le Verrier. He was a good friend of both Marcel Bouraine and Max Le Verrier and indeed the Le Verrier foundry produced many of the Le Faguays statues. All three had studied together at the Beaux Arts in Geneva and remained life-long friends.

There is also discrepancy about his death date, given as 1925, 1935 and 1962. A biography of Papillon Gallery indicates that Le Faguays "exhibited in 1937 in Paris at L'Exposition Internationale." Assuming this participation to be true, that would make the death date of 1962 the likely one. Pierre le Faguays probably died on the 8th of September in 1962, in Paris.
Pierre Le Faguays, 'Diana The Huntress,' Bronze Figure, c.1920 - $15K Appraisal Value!
This is a bronze figure of Diana the Huntress releasing an arrow, cast balanced on one foot with her bow raised, clothed in a loosely draped dress. This beautiful and delicate art deco figure rests on a naturalistic base resembling a rock, in dark green/brown patination. The base is signed "Le Faguay" on one side and "Susse Fres Edts Paris" on the other, impressed with the word "FRANCE" and stamped with the Susse Freres foundry mark and the letter ‘S’. Simultaneously, both the bronze figure, as well as the base rest on an elegant 8" x 5" inch oval-shaped black and white marble base.
Pierre Le Faguays, Fayral 1892-1935, was a prolific Art Déco and versatile avant-garde French sculptor, whose works greatly influenced the styles of the 1920's and early 1930's. His dancing girls are delicate creatures and have lovely, sensitive faces -in bronze and tinted ivory, equal to those of the better known specialists Chiparus, Preiss, Icart and Lorenzl. Le Faguays was born in Nantes, France and became famous for the originality he gave his dancers, many of which were inspired by the statues of Tanagra. He gained a medal of honor for his work in 1927. He was a best friend of Max Le Verrier and the Le Verrier foundry made most of - if not all of his pieces. Fayral really caught the beauty and elegance of the female form with great talent.
Who is Diana The Huntress?

Diana is a goddess in Roman and Hellenistic religion, primarily considered a patroness of the countryside, hunters, crossroads, and the Moon. She is equated  with the Greek goddess Artemis, and absorbed much of Artemis' mythology early in Roman history, including a birth on the island of Delos to parents Jupiter and Latona, and a twin brother, Apollo though she had an independent origin in Italy. 

Diana is considered a virgin goddess and protector of childbirth.  She is revered in modern neopagan  religions including  From the medieval to the modern period, as folklore attached to her developed and was eventually adapted into neopagan religions, the mythology surrounding Diana grew to include a consort (Lucifer) and daughter (Aradia), figures sometimes recognized by modern traditions. In the ancient, medieval, and modern periods, Diana has been considered a triple deity. 

Appraisal Value: $15,000.00
Our Price: $6,995.00

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