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Auguste Ledru (French, 1860-1902)

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Reference: 6585

An extremely decorative and very large cast polished pewter Art Nouveau plaque, depicting a reclining siren with stylized waves crashing around, the oval plaque with swept edges bears an embossed signature LEDRU lower right, and has three hanging loops cast into the pewter to the reverse.

Stamped with the foundry mark and copyright stamp for SUSSE FRÈRES Paris. French, circa 1900.

Length: 32 inches (81 cm)
Height: 23 inches (59 cm)

Auguste Ledru was well known for creating figurative Art Nouveau sculptures in the form of ewers and decorative vases, often featuring sirens and water nymphs surrounded by waves and shells, with the majority of his pieces cast by the famous Susse Frères foundry of Paris. His daughter Augustine married René Lalique and Ledru’s work, such as this plaque, clearly influenced Lalique in his jewellery and (later) glass designs.

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