A French Caniche (poodle) is depicted in vivid movement; a movement caught exquisitely in cast bronze. It originates from just outside of Paris and dates towards 1900.
Cast animal figures were very popular in the late 19th century. Dogs especially were favored and cast for many accessory uses.
This barking caniche has lovely detailing. His tresses have highlights of gilding which accents his "lion" haircut. He is barking and crouches in a playful manner. Viewed straight on, he has the most adorable face with laughing eyes. The casting gives him a textural feel, his body form is very life like with perfect proportions. He is large and heavy enough to use as a paper weight or an accessory to hold bracelets or small jewelry.
He measures: 4 1/2" tail to nose, 2 3/4" high at head, 1 1/4" deep at front feet. He is in very good antique condition, solid with good patina. The last photo is featured with an antique book for size reference; we sell the figure only, the book is a photo prop.
The smaller figures are less often found. This is a wonderful example of a cast figural from an elegant era history.
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French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Sewing, Religious, Bronze Figures-French Books and Bindings