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“Spanish Rider” Antique French Bronze Sculpture by Isidore Bonheur & Peyrol

US$4,500

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A fine lifetime cast, this bronze sculpture depicts a Spanish peasant playing a classical guitar while riding on the back of a mule. It is a rich model, complete with a handsomely detailed woven blanket saddle, twisted wire reins, finely cast fittings and hardware for the mule as it trudges uphill over a naturalistic mottled base. Bonheur's natural handling of the rider is impressive, his posture totally relaxed and carefree as he balances his body on the beast so that he can sing and play guitar without paying attention to the reins. It was executed in the foundry of his brother-in-law, Hippolyte Peyrol, stamped in the typical tiny foundry marking PEYROL to the reverse of the base; note the underside joinery, free of any handcut nuts, all elements peened into the base from beneath. The sculpture is finished in a superior patination, the translucent brown with hints of black in the recesses with complex variations of reddish and golden hues sealed under wax. It is signed along the edge of the naturalistic base "I. BONHEUR". Measurements: 14 1/2" H x 13 3/4" W, base is 4 3/4" D x 10 1/8" W.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.5 in. (36.83 cm)Width: 13.75 in. (34.93 cm)Depth: 4.75 in. (12.07 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1870s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Original patina with only very minor handling wear. Cleaned, waxed and polished - in presentation-ready condition.
  • Seller Location
    Shippensburg, PA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 004IOK11U | Silla, ltd.1stDibs: LU1059019757712

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    Ships From: Shippensburg, PA
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