Fine small bronze animal sculptures were in vogue in France during the late 19th century. This handsome chicken is a fine example of this small type of cast bronze sculpture. It originates from Amiens, France and dates towards 1880.
The figure stands on a double platform of a black marble base with a second bronze circular mount. The detailing of the chicken is extremely intricate with careful depiction of each feather. The wings and body form are very life like. Her feet are detailed right down to her sharp nails. Her eyes, beak and even nostrils are visible. Her upturned fanning tail feathers are lovely. The figure is attached to the base mounts with a nut and bolt. Please study the detail in the photographs; it is truly a spectacular work of decorative art.
It measures: 7" tall; the base 4 1/2" in diameter; the width at widest point 5 1/4", the chicken alone height is 6". We have not polished the figure, it can be polished to brilliant should the new owner wish. It is in very good antique condition. The lines in the marble (which show in photos) are veining, no cracks or chip.
It is a fine, authentic antique bronze sculpture.
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