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Susse Frères

Bronze-caster

(19th century)

attributed to

Pair of Aesthetic Movement vases

France

Circa 1880

Height : 22,5 cm (8 3/4 in.) ; Diameter : 8 cm (3 in.)

A very fine pair of Japanese style vases made in two patina bronze. Each vase in form of a patinated bronze ovoid body, subtly ornated in gilded relief with blossoming Japanese cherry tree branches laid out in spiral, which form the handles as well. Standing on elegant pierced and gilded bronze bases.

Biography

The Susse company, a worldwide renown foundry, began to cast pieces as soon as the first half of the 19th Century. Awarded medals several times at the famous Paris « Expositions des Produits de l’Industrie », Susse brothers, Victor (1806-1860) and Amédée (1808-1880), were known since 1841 as makers of « Art bronze pieces for clocks, candelabras, statuettes, etc. ». The most well-known French sculptors gave their sculpted models to Susse in order to cast them, such James Pradier (1790-1852) who signed in 1841 the oldest known publishing contract for bronzes between publisher and artist. After the death of the two brothers, Albert Susse took over the business from 1880 until 1922. He developed so far the company as to open a new luxurious shop in Paris, at n° 13 boulevard de la Madeleine.

Bibliography

Les bronzes du XIXe siècle, P. Kjellberg, Les Ed. de l’amateur, 1989, p° 665.

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