A rare pair of antique wall hanging plates featuring the portraits of a laughing and crying baby. Dating from the early 1900's they have created by the French sculptor Emile DERRÉ (1867-1938). They have been cast from bronze with a deep relief. The plaques feature great attention to detail and are filled with character. In France, the pair of happy and sad child faces are known as "Jean qui rit Jean qui pleure" (Laughing John and Crying John). The character is based on a poem by the French writer Voltaire which evokes the human conditions of joy and sadness.
Each of the heavy round plaques has a been cast with the name of the sculptor on the left side.
They have hanging rings on the reverse side.
8" Diameter (20,5 cm)
The pair of antique bronze portrait plates are in very good condition with a deep aged patina and surface marks in places.
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Item ref: Laughing and Crying Baby Portrait Wall Plates by Emile Derre, French Antique Bronze Plaques
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