A fine bronze patinated cast iron figure on a fixed pedestal of an Egyptian boy holding a torch by Val D'Osne.
Val Osne is a deviation from the common Osne-le-Val in Haute-Marne. Workshops, created in 1836 by Jean-Pierre Victor Andre to make street furniture and decorative cast iron, quickly becoming the most important production of art cast in France under the name of "art foundry of Val d'Osne
Jean-Pierre André Victor (December 26, 1790) began his career as a contractor in the city of Paris. He was also a manager of foundries at Thonnance-lès-Joinville Cousances-aux-Forges, which gave him the experience of production and market knowledge of ornamental iron. It was soon noticed by the quality of its productions in Haute-Marne, then the research productivity that allows him to lower the price of its balconies and ornamental fonts. André and Calla are noted for their production: thus it is written in a report by the Society for the Encouragement of National Industry.
The Exhibition of 1851 at Crystal Palace gives international recognition: The Crystal Palace, with its magnificent proportions, and many iron ships already plying the sea, are clear evidence of the great future that is still reserved for the and cast iron. Turning now to what is the proportionate share of each country in the progress the industry has made cast iron so far, we find that France, once again less than Germany and England in the manufacturing eventually surpass and it now occupies the first place in the art of smelting iron.
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