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    Sale 2055

    Sporting and Wildlife Art

    3 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 127

    Emmanuel Fremiet (French, 1824-1910)

    Chien blessé

    Price Realised  

    Emmanuel Fremiet (French, 1824-1910)
    Chien blessé
    signed 'E. FREMIET' and 'F. BARBEDIENNE.FONDEUR.PARIS' (on the base)
    bronze, with greyish-black patina
    height: 28 3/8 in. (72 cm.)


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    Perhaps one of Fremiet's most recognizable and celebrated works, Chien courant blessé was originally exhibited in bronze in the 1850 Paris Salon (no. 3397) and subsequently at the Exposition Universelle in 1855 to enormous acclaim. Commissioned for the Ministre de l'Intérieur on 6 October 1849 at a price of 2500 francs, the exhibited bronze model is now housed in the Musée du Louvre. Much like Fremiet's Chatte et ses petits depicting a cat nursing her litter, this sensitive though accurately realistic representation of a hound licking its wound was one of the first works in the animalier genre to celebrate 'la grandeur naturelle' (C. Chevillot, Emmanuel Fremiet: La main et le multiple, Dijon, 1988, p. 78).

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PHILADELPHIA COLLECTION