Abel Maître, a sculptor taught by Antoine-Louis Barye, was head of the musée gallo-romain’s restoration and casting workshop from 1866 to 1896. He collaborated with Verchère de Reffye, experimenting with reconstructions of ancient arms, whose demonstration at Saint-Germain-en-Laye was a great success. He produced many models for the museum’s displays, such as those of burial grounds on show in room 2 on the first floor. He accompanied Alexandre Bertrand on his many travels, reproducing in drawings numerous collections of archaeological objects. With other CTG correspondents, he also took part in excavations funded by the Commission de Topographie des Gaules, for example at Magny-Lambert in 1872.
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