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Victor Paillard Foundry (V.P.)

An important and prolific artist, Victor Paillard learned the art of the chiseleur working for the bronzier Deniére as a youth. He opened his studio casting works in bronze in the 1830’s, first appearing at the Exposition des Products de l’Industrie in 1839. He was a member of the jury at the Exposition Universelle in 1855 and was made a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honeur. During this period he was known to employ nearly one hundred craftsmen. In 1874 he became mayor of Paris’s third district. 

His work is generally foundry marked with a tiny cold stamp "V.P." beneath a crown, these usually in obscure or non-distracting places, and sometimes hidden inside of elements of more complex pieces.

Literature: 

  • E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Gründ, Vol. X p. 787
  • Bronze Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century, Dictionary of Artists, Pierre Kjellberg, p. 662