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Antique Animalier Sculpture Dogs, Cast Bronze on Polished Onyx Base, French, c.1870-1910
The hounds look like they're bronze, and the piece is heavy, and since a magnet will not attract to it, I'm quite sure it's a hollow-cast bronze with a slightly silvery-bronze patina. It is in fine condition, shows no breaks or flaws. A gorgeous old mold cast with gilded collars on the two dogs. I think they're labradors, aren't they? Certainly a breed of bird hound or retriever, and look at the superb anatomical detail the artist has accomplished. Firmly affixed to the pristine onyx base as you see in our images. Just in from France antiques markets this year.
Very good to excellent, a silvery bronze patina with accent of gold collars and chain that spans the space between the two hounds. Whether for the sportsman or the dog lover, this one is a magnificent cast in the slightly more elegant and valuable bronze we often see in Animalier era casts. It weighs about 4 pounds as you see it, not certain if the hounds are hollow in body or not but it is substantial. No signature, but certainly equal to Barye or other of the famed Animalier artists of the 19th century. Plinth measures 9" x 5" and is .75" thick. The dogs rise to a 5.75" height overall. Superb, isn't it!
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