A cast-iron fountain figure of a curly-haired cherub holding a fish, with leafy foliage at the cherub’s feet, marked “A. Durenne Sommevoire”, French, ca. 1870, on an associated cast-iron rockwork base, American, ca. 1900. The fountain figure: 41 ins. high, 16 ins. wide, base 10 ins. diameter.
Antoine Durenne founded the firm in 1847 and became a visionary in the field, as he sought new ways of expanding the cast-iron industry. He adapted cast iron to meet the requirements for architectural decoration and produced stairs, balconies, and balustrades, among other objects. He went on to exploit cast iron artistically by reproducing vases and sculptures after the Antique and by casting groups of animals designed by modern artists. A fountain figure with cherub and fish, identical to this one, can be seen at the Place de la Libération in Collobrieres, in Provence, France.
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