Medium: lead

Signature: Signed Janet Scudder in block letters and Alexis Rudier Paris Fondeur

Dimensions: 43in. h x 30in. w x 30in. d

Description:

Modeled as two young boys fighting over a fish, signed Janet Scudder and Alexis Rudier Fondeur Paris. Cast in lead c. 1913. Probably acquired directly from Janet Scudder by John L. Severance, as he acquired the 2nd cast of Scudder's important bronze "Young Diana" which he subsequently bequeathed to the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1942. Scudder's large size fountains like the present example were produced in small numbers, typically limited to four casts. Often times when casting large scale fountain models, lead was used instead of bronze as it was very strong and eliminated the need for structural support. This allowed sculptural compositions that defied the inherent weight of the lead itself, and was a perfect medium for Scudder, whose playful subject matter often relied on the perception of precarious balance and a feeling of lightness. Lead was used for sculpture beginning at the end of the 17thc. in France and was continually used for garden sculptures and fountains specifically going forward. Lead was a favorite of artists for its surface appearance. French artist Aristide Maillol, whose sculptures were also cast by Rudier Foundry was a great proponent of the use of lead for his work, admiring its surface qualities and structural applications. Provenance: The Estate of John L. Severance Cleveland, Ohio By descent in the family 

Type of Work: Sculpture

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