This whimsical patinated bronze sculpture with French title OEUFS FRAIS, POULE AU PANIER by French sculptor Alphonse Alexandre Arson (1822-1888) is absolutely adorable. Sculpture features a whimsical hen wearing a bonnet on her head and a cross around her neck and carrying a large market basket at her side. At her other side stands a young chick wearing a cap on his head. The details are great and this bronze definitely makes you smile. The sculpture has nice original patina. Bronze is correctly signed "Arson".
Dimensions: 6 1/4" high, 3" overall width and 3 1/2" deep. Weighs 1.8 pounds.
Condition: Bronze is in excellent Estate condition with no damage or repairs to the sculpture. There is a black felt pad on the base as sculpture did not come mounted on a marble stand.
HISTORY: Alphonse Arson was born in Paris in 1822 and throughout his career focused mainly on birds and domestic animal subjects. He was particularly known for his whimsical sculptures with many being of a humorous nature and he often portrayed animals engaged in human activities such as this adorable bronze. Although not as famous as many of his contemporary French sculptors, the attention given to details and the quality of his modelling in his birds and other animal sculptures were among the best of the French sculptors. Alphonse Arson died in 1880 at the young age of 58. Works by Arson are considered very rare and are prized by collectors for their life-like qualities of motion and for their portrayal of emotion. This is a nice example typical of his style and will definitely compliment any bronze collection.
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