This Wonderful Pair of Victorian Spelter Figurines was made during the latter part of the Victorian era and is more than likely of French (France) manufacture and stand gracefully 14 High. The lady and gentleman are of nobility, which is exhibited in their attire. They have a lovely patina and have a faux bronze finish. Both figures stand on a cast iron base with a faux rosewood finish.
COMMENT: These Gracious Spelter Figurines Are Simply Wonderful! They Can Most Definitely Add Class To Any Library Surrounding Or Simply Look Charming As A Decorative Accent On A Fireplace Mantle!
CONDITION: They are in very fine condition except for the acceptable patina or wear to the gilding which is understood by the connoisseur collector who wishes to see them in this condition to prove authenticity of originality and age. There is no denting or restoration to either of these figurines.
GENERAL CONDITION OF ANTIQUE METALS:
Some denting of antique metals generally attest to the authenticity of the antiquity of metals and is considered acceptable by collector and dealer standards. This is not to say that all metals that have dents are antique. Other than denting, there are other things to look for such as how it is assembled or joined or welded. Look for quality impressed maker's marks or other factory marks such as year dates and numbers which accompany some antique metals. Most antique hollow-ware metal pieces, such as jardinieres or planters, large bowls, tea kettles, etc will almost always have bottom interior oxidation. Objects such as antique candlesticks will almost always have a slight leaning to one side and almost always have darkening on the interior of where the candle is placed due to heat and wax buildup over the years. Oxidization both on the interior and exterior of a piece is also acceptable and is considered as "patina" by purists.