Geoffroy-DechaumeAdolphe-Victor

Biography

Adolphe-Victor Geoffroy-Dechaume (b. 1816-1892) was a pupil of both David d'Angers and Pradier, providing models for both goldsmiths as well as bronzes for Delafontaine. As a young child Geoffroy Dechaume went to a free drawing school before attending the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Paris in 1831. At first he focused on objects of art until 1848 when he became more focused on medieval art. He participated in the restoration of famous gothic monuments like La Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Loan directed by architect Emile Boeswillwald, the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux with Victor- Ruprich-Robert and finally the Sainte Chappelle and the Cathédrale of Notre-Dame de Paris, under the direction of archictects/restorers Jean-Baptiste Lassus and Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. In 1885 Geoffroy-Dechaume was appointed Director of the Scultpure Museum (today the Musée des Monuments Français)

The Delafontaine foundry produced decorative works of art of the highest quality and was one of the most renowned of all the Parisian foundries. They were the main competitor to the Barbedienne foundry, casting works by some of the leading sculptors of the nineteenth century including Antoine-Louis Bayre, James Pradier and Mathurin Moreau. Works cast by Delafontaine remain in the collection of the Louvre and other leading museums. The foundry was established in Paris in the late 18th Century by Jean-Baptiste-Maximilien Delafontaine and, by 1870 were listed as being located at 10 Rue de l’university

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