~ naturally mellowed by age & weather ~



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I enjoy re-purposing old statues, garden statues mainly, for indoor use, the concrete ones, the ones that are dirty, shabby, & rustic, that have acquired some level of weathered patina, a testament to their previous life outside.






This little bust, a girl with braided hair, sits in the book shelf right now.  Generally she’s homed near old books.




Is it a sad face? Contemplative? Pouting?

You can see how nicely the concrete has mellowed with age.




My research indicates the statue is likely based on the original bust of a young girl with braid, a marble piece, created in Paris by Jacques Francois-Joseph Saly about 1770-1790. Also known as Jacques Saly (20 June 1717 – 4 May 1776) he was a French-born sculptor who worked in France, Denmark, Italy & Malta, & was born in Valenciennes to François Marie Saly & his wife Marie Michelle.


It appears there are copies around including  a marble one apparently also by Jacques-Saly but unsigned. I’m not sure where the marble original is located but it could be in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.



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