Le Verrier Foundry



Le Verrier was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, in 1891. From an early age he showed great promise as an artist and sculptor. After serving in the French army during World War I, he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva. During his studies in Switzerland he met fellow sculptors Pierre le Faguays and Marcel Bouraine.

He returned to Paris in 1919, and founded his own studio. His first popular sculpture the famous ‘Pelican’ was the first of a long line of animal figures that bore his name. Le Verrier was awarded a Gold medal for his sculptures at the 1925 Paris ‘Exposition des Artole  Décoratifs et Industriels. In 1926 le Verrier opened his own foundry casting pieces for French sculptors including Pierre Le Faguays, Marcel Bouraine, Janle, Denis, and Charles.

His work has gained a reputation for very high quality, exceptional detailing and accuracy. The foundry only cast in spelter At the same time as running his foundry, le Verrier continued to sculpt his own creations, and in the 1920’s he became famous for his studies of woman as part of the Art Deco era’s fascination with the ideal female form. His female figures are characterised by a lithe athleticism and perfect symmetry; and are highly regarded and much sought after.

Le Verrier continued working throughout the 1930’s – receiving a medal of honor at the Paris International Exhibition in 1937 – before being arrested in 1944 for his resistance activities against the Nazi-backed regime. He reopened his studio after World War II, and continued to sculpt until his death in 1973.