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Acquired from Victor Franses, London
FRENCH ANIMALIER BRONZES
From the 1830s the term 'Animalier' came to refer to a school of sculptors of French origin which attempted to portray animals and birds as they really are. This more realistic, less academic, style of modelling encompassed all manner of subjects, including humble goats and cattle, game, lions and tigers, to equestrian groups and, as in the majority of the examples offered here, sporting dogs. The finest Animaliers sought to imbue their work with the emotions and characters of their subjects which, whilst avoiding sentimentality, gives their sculpture a remarkably animated quality as evident in the examples offered here.