‘Striding Tiger’, A Very Fine 19th Century Barbedienne Edition Bronze Study
‘Striding Tiger’ (Tigre qui Marche) A Very Fine 19th Century Barbedienne Edition Bronze Study by Antoine Louis Barye (1796-1875), Last Quarter 19th Century
This finely cast and iconic bronze by Antoine Louis Barye bears the impressed signatures Barye and F. Barbedienne, Fondeur (for Ferdinand Barbedienne, foundry) and exhibits a fine black/green patina overall, the underside bearing inscribed numbers in ink 2918 and incised numbers 44. Dimensions: Height - 8.3" Length - 16.5" Provenance provided at point of sale
Bio: Antoine Louis Barye is perhaps the most celebrated and acclaimed artist of the ‘Animaliers School’ and was the recipient of several royal & state commissions and the patronage of a great many noble French families. He was appointed Director of Casts and Models at the Louvre in 1848, and in 1858 he was made Professor of Drawings at the Museum of Natural History at the Jardin de Plantes. He was awarded the Grand Medal at the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris, and became the 1st President of the Central Union of Beaux Arts as well as being made a member of the Institute of France. After his death in 1875 the majority of his master casts and models were purchased by the famous foundry of Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810-1898) and these posthumous edition castings were executed with the highest attention to scale, definition and patina and bear the signatures Barye and F. Barbedienne, Fondeur
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