This bronze was made in the early 20th century in gilt bronze. This model is signed on the back.
The subject represents three children sitting on a rock, watching three frogs, which are also watching them. The Art Nouveau style is very present in this scene. Those childrens, symbol of innocence, are in harmony with Nature, a theme particularly appreciated by this art movement.
Sold with its original pedestal recovered with green velvet.
Max Blondat (1872 - 1925) was an Art Nouveau French sculptor. “The Fountain of Youth” is one of his most famous sculptures. The original work in plaster was made for the Salon des Artistes français (French Artists Salon) of 1904, under the reference no°2686. It is now in a private collection in Spain, but another version is in the collections of the Joseph-Denais Museum in Beaufort-en-Vallée.
Reproductions of this fontain were made for the Berg Pinapple Park in Düsseldorf (Germany) in 1904, the Place Darcy in Dijon (France) in 1904, in Odessa (Ukrainia), in Zurich (Switzerland), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and in Denver (United States).