The illustrated catalogue of the Universal exhibition, published with the Art journal
Fine art and decorative bronzes., pp. 309-331 ff.
THE PARIS UNIVERSAL EXHIBITION. The "COMPAGNIE DES INDES" produces capital. Under the judicious direction of M. VIOT, engraved some of its more prominent and imposing its productions are invariably of a high Art works; on this page we give examples of those order; the most eminent sculptors and de signers of that are made more for general use, but which are nts oneality; wo s isen t ronyx marble- Paris being employed by the extensive and pros- not less meritorious as works of Art-CLOcKs and its speciality; its issues in bronze are A.~99 al perous establishment. It ranks second to'no house in CANDELABRA; these are gen-eally ronze-dorbs among the best 'of the French France, and' is largely appreciated in England. We have intermixed with the- marble o Algeria.' FINE ART AND DECORATIVE BRONZES. uncontested, where the Art-strength of its competitor had been * ~~~~~~really- put forth. In point of extent and variety, however' the BY GEORGE WALUS, DOUTX XENSINGTON MUSEUM. French Bronze Courts surpassed anything of the kind ever seen in any Exhibition. THE reputation which France, and especially its capital, the City Nor is it a matter of wonder that it should be so. France has of Paris, has achieved during the last twenty-five years in the created for herself a special industry, which counts its gains- by'- production of bronzes, from the highest and noblest efforts of the the million sterling; and with which, from the fQstering care of sculptor to the smallest and comparatively the most insignificant the state, the municipality of Paris, and the enlightening course ornamental detail, was fully sustained by the very remarkable and of action pursued by the broUzists themselves, whether employers extensive display made in the' Universal Exhibition of 1867-a or employed, all foreign competition is' practically useless. i This display before which the most successful efforts in the exhibits of success is based on the special preparation and education of the other countries sank into comparative insignificance; although in workers, by a well-orgamsed and widely-recognised system prac- some special efforts France was not permitted to carry off the palm tically unknown in other countries, except, probably, in some of 309 4I
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