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Bronze Sculpture of "Panther Attacking Civet Cat" by Antoine-Louis Barye

US$7,800

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A rare and exquisite cast that has not been on the market since it was acquired by a private collector in 1935, this exquisite model of Panthère suprenant un zibeth (Panther attacking a civet cat) depicts the large beast pawing at the snarling cat with curiosity and confidence. Two versions of this were modeled by Antoine-Louis Barye, the present model (the same version held by the Walters Gallery) and one with a more active base, the Panther slightly separated from the Civet by a valley in the rocks. The rich modeling of the surface shows a relatively early model with the tooling and texturing of the mold beautifully captured in casting. It is signed in block lettering along the front edge A.L. Barye and is situated over an early mottled green marble base. A tasteful group devoid of excess, Barye focuses the viewer entirely on the interaction of two animals: the playful and inquisitive personality of the panther is on full display as the insecurities and ferocity of the civet is only hinted. There is a softness captured in the features of the panther that shows this to be neither a challenge or a strain but rather a pursuit of sport and curiosity. The original model, both in plaster and wax, as well as a bronze model with slight variations are held in the collection of the Louvre Museum. It is also a part of the Lucas collection at the Baltimore Museum of Art, held in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Corocoran Gallery of Art in Washington and the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore. Literature & Further Reading: The Animaliers, James Mackay, 1973, p. 23 [noted as "Sengalese Lioness with Prey, 9 in"] Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century: A Dictionary of Sculptors, Pierre Kjellberg, 1994, p. 63 [noted as "Panthère suprenant un zibeth, 11 x 23 cm"] Bronze Sculpture of Les Animaliers, Jane Horswell, 1971, p. 73 [present example pictured, notable variance in signature] The Barye Bronzes: A Catalogue Raisonne, Stuart Pivar, 1974, p. 166, f. A74 Antoine-Louis Barye: Sculptor of Romantic Realism, Glenn F. Benge, 1984, ill. 20 Barye: Catalgue Raisonné des Sculptures, Poletti & Richarme, 2000, p. 223, f. A86, ill. 195 & 196 Provenance: Purchased from the collection of James G. Shepherd at Anderson Galleries November 7th 1935 for $ 225 Held in a private collection since 1935 Related Examples: Walters Art Gallery, acc. 27.119, depicting the present example (version no. 1) Measurements: 9 1/2" W x 3 5/8" D x 4 1/8" H [bronze]; 9 3/8" W x 4 1/8" D x 1 3/8" H [base]

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  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 4.13 in. (10.5 cm)Width: 9.5 in. (24.13 cm)Depth: 4.13 in. (10.5 cm)
  • Style
    Romantic (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Unknown
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent condition, original patina. Originality of green base unknown, though present with the model at the time of sale in 1935.
  • Seller Location
    Shippensburg, PA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: C1040241stDibs: LU1059022758952

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