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Fumière et Cie

Fumière et Cie was part of Thiébaut Frères, a renowned French bronzier / foundry in the mid 19th century devoted to works of art. This distinguished company worked with famous sculptors and other bronziers like Barbedienne, Belleuse, DuBois, Carpeaux and d’Angers. They took part in many French exhibitions and created many historical monuments in and around Paris, including Saint Michael striking down the dragon (designed by Duret for the Saint-Michel’s fountain in Paris) and Napoleon I designed by Dumont for the Vendôme column. Others include: Gloria Victis by Mercié, a statue of Alexandre Dumas Père, a vase called Le Poème de la Vigne (currently in the San Francisco Museum), a statue depicting Charlemagne by Marquet brothers and a reduction of the Statue of Liberty made by Bartholdi which is now on Grenelle’s bridge in Paris. In 1898, Rodin signed a contract with this company regarding the casting of two of his works in different sizes: Saint John the Baptist and Triumphant youth.