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Old 01-03-2007, 03:43 PM
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Question Picault Sculpture

Hi! I am new to this site and this is my first thread.
We have been given a sculpture that is approx 13-14" tall, looks
like bronze, has E PICAULT enscribed in the base and on the
front its title is "Le fer". Can anyone tell me anything about this
figure? I can try to put a picture of it here, if anyone would like
to see it for more information. Thanx!
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Old 01-03-2007, 06:31 PM
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Re: Picault Sculpture

I believe Le fer is French for “iron”, though that seems an odd title for a sculpture. Perhaps another meaning is something like ferocious, wild, or strong. We have several active French-speaking members, and one of them might help.

And, yes, a picture or several would help. The sculptor’s name sounds familiar, but I can’t recall anything specific. I’ll try Google as soon as I have a chance.

[Added later] Picault is in many Google posts. He worked in Paris, with lifespan given as 1839-1915. I’m afraid he seems to be copied often, as his “works” are available from venders who fairly clearly do that sort of thing.

All the references I found to "le fer" in a brief search do seem to refer to "iron", so perhaps that describes the original material and not the subject. All this says a picture or more would be enlightening.

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Old 01-03-2007, 07:32 PM
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I will upload a picture soon. The sculpture is by Emile Louis Picault. That
is all I know. It really is a beautiful piece. Any info on its history/value would
be very valuable. Thankyou for responding!
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Old 01-04-2007, 08:38 AM
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Thankyou for the reply! Here are few pictures of this
figure. I believe the red base is marble. This figure is
quite heavy. I remeasured it last night and it stands
approx 13 1/2".
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:27 AM
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Re: Picault Sculpture

In volume three of " Bronzes Sculptors and Founders " by Berman, figure 2468 is called " Le Fer" ( The Sword )by Emile Louis Picault " However, it is 25" tall and is a completely different composition than yours. The blacksmith in this one is standing next to his anvil and holding a sword point downward. It is from 1885. It states that it is a variation of his " Le Fer et Le Feu " ( the Fire and the Sword )

About Picault, the book states, " Over a fifty year career marked more by defeat than victory at the Paris salons, Picault worked tirelessly producing approximately one thousand exciting sculptures.
His choice of subjects was predominately male. Many extraordinary plaques and medallions have survived while only a handful of busts exist. Among his repeated themes were memorial monuments, famous men, blacksmiths, warriors, knights and musicians. these were often accompanied by inspiring inscriptions drawn from the Latin.
Some works were cast in as many as four sizes....Perhaps ten percent of his work was originally cast in white metal..."

This book has at over a dozen of his works illustrated, one of my favorites being the depiction of a 15th century knight called " Le Provocateur " which exhudes confidence and strength in the pose and well-modeled expression.

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Old 01-04-2007, 06:21 PM
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Re: Picault Sculpture

From your pictures, I would guess either that "le fer" can mean "ironworker" as well as “iron”, or that the title as found on the work is incorrect. As I said earlier, I suspect this may be a modern reproduction, and it is possible the foundry workers, making slight alterations, inserted a linguistically incorrect title. I hope I’m wrong about this.
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Old 01-07-2007, 05:19 PM
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Funny you should say that! I have found this picture of this statue, but
the tool this one holds looks only partial. Otherwise, from what I can tell, the statue is the same. The one I have is a whole tool. Also, this one IS called "The Blacksmith". How can we find out about our sculpture? This is starting to be a major unsolved mystery!!
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Old 01-07-2007, 06:14 PM
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Re: Picault Sculpture

This one is holding a different tool in his right hand, some sort of short tongs or clippers, whereas your figure is holding long, sturdy tongs that could manipulate something directly in a forge.

Frankly, I find your figure much better. Although the view and lighting are different, both the right forearm in the second figure, just below the elbow, and also the left arm, especially the muscle running past the elbow, look quite awkward in the second one. The second torso also strikes me as more awkward, though it is hard to be specific here. Also, I find the coloring in that one gaudy. None of this says the green one is a copy of inferior quality, but I rate it as that from these images.
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Re: Picault Sculpture

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Originally Posted by chiggy56 View Post
Hi! I am new to this site and this is my first thread.
We have been given a sculpture that is approx 13-14" tall, looks
like bronze, has E PICAULT enscribed in the base and on the
front its title is "Le fer". Can anyone tell me anything about this
figure? I can try to put a picture of it here, if anyone would like
to see it for more information. Thanx!
Hey Chiggy,

Got the same sculpture from my grandma.
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