A large superb quality late 19th century French bronze by Emile Louis Picault (1833-1915) 'Pax et Labor' which translates to 'Peace & Labour', marked 'Picault' of very fine patina - ADDITIONAL IMAGES CAN BE VIEWED BELOW:
This bronze consists of a muscular blacksmith or riveter who is used to very hard and physical work, he wears leather aprons with his sledge hammer resting on the ground, the bronze stands on a shaped green verde antico marble base.
The French sculptor, Picault, was particularly known for creating sculptures that depicted patriotic or allegorical subjects.
The marble base has a brass plaque with the following inscription in French, translated as follows:
'Mr A Cocquel has offered it's ousiers and emplyees in honour of the First Prize, the gold medal which was awarded to him by the jury.
Paris World Exhibition 1889'
As well as the 'Picault' mark we have also found another mark, possibly a foundry mark: Basset Editeur.
This bronze can be found in the Schiffer book 'Bronzes, Sculptors & Founders 1800-1930' Volume 2 by Harold Berman, page 378, plate 1396.
This impressive bronze sculpture is in excellent condition and can go straight into a home.