Two antique bronze cast metal Art Nouveau era busts: one of L'HIVER and one of L'ETE by the renowned German sculptor Franz Iffland (1862-1935). The word "L'HIVER" is embossed on the front torso of one bust and L'ETE embossed on the right front of the other. Both statues are signed "F. Iffland" on the back on the girl's torso. These two statues are circa 1880-1910. I believe these two antique statues are made of spelter - a zinc alloy of equal parts copper and zinc. It was commonly used for many early 20th-century Art Nouveau ornaments and Art Deco figures.
Franz Iffland was a well-known German sculptor and painter who created portrait busts and figurines. He participated in the exhibitions of the Royal Academy of Arts in the late 1800s, and also had some of his works included in the Great Art Exhibition in Berlin in 1893.
These two "Seasonal Maidens" busts depict the themes of winter and summer. L'hiver means winter. Original gold toned bronze patina is in nice antique condition with some wear in various places. She is in overall good structural condition.
L'ete, which means summer, originally held a tennis racquet - only the base of the racquet remains as the other portion was broken off and is lost. Original gold toned bronze patina on this bust in good antique condition but Lete has suffered some damage due to a fall. Her left side is damaged and she is cracked about 1 - 2" up from the base with a crack that goes about half way around her. She still stands but rocks a bit- see photos #3 and #4 for a look from the back and inside of the crack area. This item has been priced accordingly and reflects her damage. When placed on a shelf, she is still quite lovely.
Still a rare find and nice set by a well renowned German Art Nouveau sculptor.
Measure approx. 12" high and 7" wide each.
L'hiver is in good antique condition with normal finish wear commensurable with antique age (these busts are approx. 100 plus years old). L'ete has structural damage as noted above.
We accept PayPal and credit cards through Etsy.
We ship within 1-2 days of payment confirmation via the USPS or UPS. On occasion we do ship some items via FedEx. Shipping prices are calcuated by the USPS and are by size/weight and distance - we are located in New York State. Please convo us with your zip code if you have a question about shipping.
Shipping large or oversized items to certain addresses (such as the DPO or APO) may not always be possible due to price. Please convo us before making your purchase if you would like your item to be shipped to a US Military base. It may require an additional charge.
Items over $45 may be shipped with Signature Confirmation in order to ensure that you receive your item.
Customs Fees or Duties may be applicable in your country - we are not privy to, or responsible for, any Duties or Fees associated with delivery of your item.
**We do not ship glass or delicate china/porcelain or Chalkware items via USPS Parcel Ground Select. The USPS notes this about Parcel Ground Select, "combined with a longer transit time, the shipment will be bounced, jolted, handled and thrown around more than shipments that are sent through any of the air services offered by the USPS." Due to this information, we do NOT ship glass items via this method.
Just contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
If your item arrives broken, we will refund your total purchase upon upon receipt of a few photos of the damaged item and the packaging within three (3) days of delivery.
When returning undamaged items, the buyer pays shipping both ways for item returns.
If you would like a partial refund if a portion of your order is damaged, send a good photo of the damaged item and we can work out a resolution that is satisfactory for both of us.
If you are unhappy with any purchase, you may return your item within fourteen (14) days at your expense for a refund of the purchase price (not including shipping either way - we will not refund the shipping portion of the cost paid when originally purchased). We strive to describe our items in detail and take good descriptive photos as well so that our buyers know what they are purchasing.
If you have an issue, please let us know if you are not satisfied. Please convo us with your concern. We want you to be happy with your purchase.
We do our research on our items as much as we can and strive to be accurate when describing and photographing our items. We also pack our items with great care, but we understand that sometimes items don't "travel well".
Please keep in mind that vintage, retro or antique items are not like new, nor are they perfect but they tell a story of the past and have lots of charm. This means they have had a previous owner and may show wear. We try to describe this in each listing. Please use our photos to make your decisions, ask us questions and read our policies prior to making your purchase.
Please, if you have a problem with your item, whether it broke in transit or it is not what you expected, please contact us. We would appreciate the opportunity to resolve your issue before you leave feedback - we'd do the same for you!
We ship all of our items. For safety and economic reasons we do not offer in-person delivery.
Regarding "reserving" items: We do not put any items on reserve for any period of time.
Please do not ask us to appraise or purchase item(s). We are not experts, we don’t buy online and we don’t do appraisals.
We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone.
We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of our organization, other than as necessary to fulfill your request, e.g., to ship an order.
No, we are not comfortable providing pricing or answering questions about the value or worth or vintage or antique items. We believe they are worth what someone will pay for them. Therefore, there is no way to assign something a set monetary value - in our opinion. We suggest doing an online search to find similar items and take it from there.