This lovely little miniature is solid bronze and signed by the artist with an “F” on the left hind leg. It measures just one inch by one inch and is in excellent condition. The artist Nikita Fedosov (7/22/1957 - 8/3/2004) was born in Moscow, Russia. He started his artistic career as restorator of old Russian icons. Later he became deeply interested in animal miniature - as a hobby. During the Perestroika years, Nikita started creation of animal miniatures on his own. His early bronze animals were originally sold only in France: Nikita had spent several years in Paris and his early works in bronze miniature were influenced by French sculptors of 19th-20th century.