Ormolu Clock and two matching gilt figures (L'Idee)

Ernest Rancoulet, Artist

This is one of the decorative arts in our collection. It was made in circa 1900. The place where it was made is unknown.
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About the Work
The sculptor Rancoulet was well known for producing allegorical figures of mainly women in a style that combined classicism with art nouveau.
The left figure is holding a ring of bells in her left hand and a metal curve in her right. This is most probably a musical instrument, such as a triangle, she is most likely referencing music. The inscription states fée joyeuse which means joyous fairy.
The middle figure is holding a scroll in her left hand and a feather in her right and is most likely to be referencing writing and/or knowledge. The inscription states L'idée which means the idea.
The right figure is holding a bird in her right hand and is most likely to be referencing nature. The inscription states En liberté which means to be free or in the wild (for an animal).
Measurements
Figure with wreath 450 x 150 x 150 mm
Figure with bird 475 x 160 x 140 mm
Clock 555 x 295 x 180 mm
Media
ormolu and mixed media
Description
The work comprises of 3 separate female figures wearing flowing robes and in a state of movement with foliage supporting their lower legs and a green stone faced base. Part a - the figure is holding a ring of bells in her left hand and a metal curve similar to a triangle in her right hand. Part b - the central figure, largest of the 3, is holding a scroll in her left hand and a feather in her right hand, her stone base contains a clock. Part c - the figure is holding a bird in her right hand and her stone base is similar to part a.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Bequest of Miss F.J. Montgomery Moore, 1950.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
Dec 1950