MATHURIN MOREAU (FRENCH 1822-1912): A LARGE BRONZE FIGURAL GROUP OF A MOTHER AND CHILD IN A STORM ENTITLED ‘TEMPETE’
the mother supporting a small child in her left arm, with a young girl huddled beside her, she carries a fishing net and walks barefoot over the rocky ground, her shawl blowing in the wind, on a circular base signed ‘Math Moreau Hors Concours’, and stamped ‘MEDAILLE D’HONNEUR’, stamped to the back ‘GALERIA ARTISTICA S.C. REGUAN PERU 134’, light brown and goldish patination, raised on a separate rotating base above a Verde Antico marble plinth, set with a plaquette inscribed ‘TEMPETE PAR MATH MOREAU MEDAILLE D’HONNEUR’,
The unusual stamp to the reverse of this bronze is probably a retailers stamp for a Peruvian gallery. It was not uncommon for galleries to add their own stamps to sculptures, for example the Ferdinand Vichi marble that was sold in these rooms last year had a metal disc inset to the marble inscribed ‘BAZAR COLON, MONTEVIDEO’ referring to the gallery in Uruguay that sold the work in the early 20th century. (See lot 32, 21st March 2018, Chiswick Auctions).