Pair “grave pickers”, Vion & Baury


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Beautiful pair of children harvesting grape. The idealized couple is richly dressed, both carry a large harvest hood on their backs. Beautiful rocaille base with a pink rose. Hand painted with pastel soft colours. Marked with a green anker for the Vion and Baury manufactory (succesors of Gille jeune).

Size: H 25 cm

Second part of the 19th century, between 1875 and 1889.

Lit: Charles Baury (Paris 1827 – 1879) was a sculpture who started as a pupil of Rude to become a modeller at Gille Jeune manufactory (1837-1868). After Gille Jeune’s death (1868) Baury and Désiré Vion acquired the firm on the rue Paradis-Poissonnèrie. In 1875 they moved the production to Choisey-le-roi. Vion will continue in the same type of production after the death of Baury only 2 years later, in 1877. He will win a golden medal in 1878 and 1883. He files for bankcruptcy in 1889.

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