This is a wonderful antique French ormolu and malachite mounted portrait bust of a young maiden C.1870 in date.
This finely cast ormolu bust features a young maiden dressed in classic attire, her hair is tied with flowers and she is gazing downwards. The sculpture is indistinctly signed verso and sits on a round malachite base.
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 18 x Width 10 x Depth 8
Dimensions in inches:
Height 7.1 x Width 3.9 x Depth 3.1
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: 09139