Tiny Erato

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Erato, the muse of romantic poetry, is often shown with a lyre and wreath of roses in her hair. This 6-inch goddess was once a decoration on an elaborate Ansonia clock, and is made of spelter. Spelter, while sometimes used merely as a synonym for zinc, is often used to identify a zinc alloy. Early twentieth-century Art Nouveau and Art Deco figures and lamps were often made of spelter. The metal has been used since about the 1860s to make statues, tablewares, and lamps that resemble bronze. I re-patinaed Erato using Puritan bronze and gold highlights, mimicking contemporary French bronzes.

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3 responses to “Tiny Erato

  1. I have this same piece, and this is the first time I’ve ever seen another one. (I periodically Google Erato figurine.) Mine is eight inches high and once belonged to the public library in the town where I grew up. The library was going to get rid of it during the 1960s, so my mother (who worked there) asked if she could take it home. I’m an author and sometime poet, so eventually I asked my mother if I could have it. Mine looks like the finish you show here and has always looked that way.

    • So good to know! There seems to be more than one version of Erato that I found in my searches—some are more detailed than others. I’m glad to know I found the right bronze patina for her. I recently bought an Ansonia male figure, seated, wearing what looks like a 17th-century hat and cloak. He’s holding a large palette and brush. I’ve found the same figure is searches called both Remnrandt and Rubens (?). This one has a pewter-like patina that looks original, and came from a yard sale for $4! Seems to be a whole world of Ansonia figures out there.

  2. I’m pleased to finally know something of its origin. My mother always wondered.

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