GARDEN STATUE representing Flora in terracotta. Signed Gossin frères à Paris. Second half of the 19th century. H: 153 cm.
Divinity of Roman mythology, Flore is the goddess of gardens and symbolizes Spring. Her dress, held on the shoulders by fibulas, evokes the clothes worn in ancient Rome, the drapery is deeply pleated. This sculpture is the work of the Gossin brothers, Louis (1846-1928) and Etienne (died in 1900), sculptors of the second half of the 19th century. The first, a pupil of Mathurin Moreau, exhibited regularly at the salon from 1877, he obtained a third class medal in 1882, a second class medal in 1886 and a bronze medal in 1889 and at the Universal Exhibition of 1900. The second is a member of the French Artists.
Provided with the beautiful patina of terracotta having stayed in a garden, it presents by places alterations of the epidermal layer, some faults and accidents quite logical for this protective goddess of flowers and plants.
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