Price

£5850.00

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“Famille de Cerf” 19th C Animalier Bronze Sculpture by Antoine L Barye - circa 1870.

A delightful late 19th Century animalier bronze group of a family of resting deer including alert Stag and resting Doe & Faun. The subject modelled with wonderful intuition and skill. The surface has a rich green patination and excellent hand chased detail. Raised on a stepped bronze base, signed Barye and inscribed F Barbedienne Fondeur.

Antoine Louis Barye, French 1796 - 1875

French sculptor, painter, and printmaker. Barye was the most famous animal sculptor of the 19th century and was largely responsible for making the small animal bronze a recognized genre; artists specializing in this kind of work became known as animaliers. He trained as a goldsmith (his father's profession) and also studied sculpture and painting (Gros was briefly his teacher). His knowledge of animals came partly from observing them in the Jardin des Plantes, Paris, and partly from extensive reading. In 1831 he had his first notable success at the Salon with Tiger Devouring a Gavial (Louvre, Paris, and other casts) and this launched his career; only two years later he was made a member of the Legion of Honour.

Much of his work is in a similar Romantic vein, stressing the drama and savagery of nature. Barye also created large-scale sculptures, including a stone pediment relief of Napoleon Crowned by History and the Arts (1857) on the Sully Pavilion of the Louvre and a bronze equestrian statue of Napoleon (1860–5) at Ajaccio, the emperor's birthplace in Corsica.

Dimensions

22 cm High, 25 cm Wide

Price

£5850.00

Condition report

Excellent Original Condition

Stock number

8679
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