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Rare French Antique Bronze Sculpture “Lion Assis no.2” after Antoine-Louis Barye

US$8,000

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Initially modeled by Barye in 1846 as a commission by Louis-Phillipe for the Tuilleries Gardens at a cost of 10,000 francs, the life-size sculpture sat near to Barye's Lion au Serpent until it was later moved in 1867 to the grand entrance to Pavilion de Flore and a pair was crafted for it using a mechanical technique, a gesture which incensed Barye, as he preferred to sculpt a mate to oppose Lion Assis but the government refused on the basis of the high cost. There are similarities between Lion Assis and Barye's Lion of the July Column, both beasts with notable similarity in the multiple layers of their manes and the quiet repose and powerful presence of the motionless Lion Assis is a natural development over his violent clashing group of Lion au Serpent from thirteen years prior. Version no. 1 was first offered in Barye's 1847 catalogue as no. 99 and due to the popularity of the sculpture it was cast in four different editions with varying dimensions. Lion Assis no. 2 was originally set over two base types: the more rare naturalistic base seen in the present model and the more common molded base (which incidentally also gives that variation some additional height). It was cast posthumously by Auguste Delafontaine, Hector Brame, Colin, Barbedienne and Graech-Marly. The same model and the original plaster and wax are held in the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (acc. no. 2007.70 & 71). The present model is an early posthumous cast with a richly textured surface and exquisite detail finished in an overall dark brown patina with hints of reddish undertones; the surface is silky and translucent. Artist Listings & Bibliography: Barye: Catalogue raisonné des sculptures, Polleti & Richarme, 2000, p. 182, cat. A57, ill. 143 The Founders and Editors of the Barye Bronzes, Reinis, 2007, see p. 85-88 for discussion of Delafontaine and their role in casting Lion Assis (fig. 50), see p. 79-80 (fig. 25) for discussion of Ancienne Maison Colin and their role in casting Lion Assis with the naturalistic base; see H. Brame's 1898 catalogue entry for Lion Assis on p. 67 (no 10 in their catalogue over a cove molded base, 21 cm height) Untamed: The Art of Antoine-Louis Barye, Walters Art Gallery, 2006, see p. 163 for discussion of the model The Barye Bronzes: A catalogue raisonne, Pivar, 1990, plate XI (A45) Antoine-Louis Barye: Sculptor of Romantic Realism, Benge, 1984, fig. 117, p. 126 Bronze Sculpture of Les Animaliers, Horswell, 1974, p. 62 Dictionnaire des sculptures de l'école française, vol. 1, 1914, p. 76 Measurements: 7 1/4" H x 5 3/8" W x 3 1/4" D.

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  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 7.244 in. (18.4 cm)Width: 5.382 in. (13.68 cm)Depth: 3.252 in. (8.27 cm)
  • Style
    Romantic (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1880
  • Condition
    Exquisite original condition. No flaws.
  • Seller Location
    Shippensburg, PA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 109YHP24E1stDibs: LU1059026038032

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