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La coulée au creuset – atelier de fonderie 1907 - © Monnaie de Paris
La coulée au V-Process - © Monnaie de Paris

A team effort

The first step in the creation of a bronze sculpture is the dialogue that takes place between the artist or the commissioner and the foundry artisans. The work is carefully thought through in advance to ensure the making process runs smoothly.
The chosen technique and the mould-making stage are adapted to facilitate the finishing work and show the final piece to its best advantage.  The founder (who makes the moulds and cast), the chaser and the finisher anticipate imperfections and the sculpture's potential weak points from the outset.

Retouche du modèle en cire - © Monnaie de Paris | Julien Sallé

Foundry techniques

Complex forms can be achieved with lost-wax  casting, a technique practised since 1500 BC. V-Process  casting, which uses vacuum moulding and was developed in the 1970s, is another method that gives high-quality results.
The chaser gives the piece its final aesthetic character, bringing it close to the original model by correcting the rough patches on the raw foundry metal. The hot patina finisher colours the metal using a palette of over 250 available tones.

Le travail du ciseleur - © Monnaie de Paris | Julien Sallé
Ciselure à la lime du bronze d’art - © Monnaie de Paris | Julien Sallé
Trophées festival de Cinéma européen des Arcs - © Pidz

Original works and reproductions

We make sets of eight, limited series and reproductions for the general public. The Art Foundry produces pieces:

  • created in-house;
  • made in collaboration with an external artist;
  • on behalf of clients, providing cast copies.

The artist and the craftsmen and women work symbiotically to produce a bronze sculpture that is faithful to the artist's intention and overcomes technical constraints.

Le Bronze d’Obélix - © Monnaie de Paris