"Paul Silvestre (1884-1976) Founder Susses Frères Paris"Art Deco bas-relief sculpture signed Silvestre (Paul SILVESTRE French sculptor winner of the Prix de Rome in 1912) and handwritten stamp of the founder -Susses Frères Paris- with the mention Lost wax. Allegorical composition depicting Demeter, goddess of agriculture and the harvest standing in front of a mighty bull. Good condition, beautiful patina. Dimensions: 33.5cm long X 28.5cm high X 4.5cm deep. Demeter represented cultivated and fertile land unlike other goddesses like Gaia or Rhea who personified the earth as matter. It was she who facilitated the germination and growth of plants. She was the daughter of Cronos and Rhéa. She is one of the Twelve Olympians. It was assimilated by the Romans under the name of Ceres which was a very old Latin divinity associated with the harvests.