This is a magnificent antique Russian gilt bronze and malachite mounted model of a maiden, circa 1870 in date.
This exceptionally executed cast bronze figure features a beautiful maiden dressed in splendid period attire and seated gracefully on a stool while gazing downwards. Her hair is gracefully tied up allowing her sumptuous earings to be visible.
This high-quality hot cast solid bronze figure was produced using the traditional “lost wax” process, otherwise known as the “cire perdue” method.
The sculpture sits on a stunning rectangular malachite base, which adds extra opulence to this highly attractive artwork.
There is no mistaking the unique quality and design, which is sure to make this set a treasured piece by any discerning collector.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 11 x Width 12 x Depth 7
Dimensions in inches:
Height 4.3 x Width 4.7 x Depth 2.8
Lost Wax Method
sometimes called by the French name of cire perdue or the Latin, cera perduta is the process by which a bronze or brass is cast from an artists sculpture.
In industrial uses, the modern process is called investment casting. An ancient practice, the process today varies from foundry to foundry, but the steps which are usually used in casting small bronze sculptures in a modern bronze foundry are generally quite standardised.
Malachite is an opaque, green banded mineral. It is believed to be a strong protector of children. It protects the wearer from accidents and protects travellers. Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is a stone of balance in relationships.
Malachite is always green, usually in banded tones varying from very dark green to a mellow green. Most malachite comes from Zaire, Chile and Australia.
Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used malachite for jewellery and ground it to use as 19th-century. It is used in amulets to protect against the evil eye. In the Middle Ages, it was used to protect children from witches and other dangers.
Our reference: 09779a