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A FRENCH BRONZE 'LITERARY BEAR'
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A FRENCH BRONZE 'LITERARY BEAR'

AFTER CHRISTOPHE FRATIN (1800-1864), CIRCA 1840

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A FRENCH BRONZE 'LITERARY BEAR'
AFTER CHRISTOPHE FRATIN (1800-1864), CIRCA 1840
Modelled smoking, the books stamped with various titles and a discarded slipper beneath the chair, stamped FRATIN
6¾in. (17.1cm.) high
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Fratin was highly regarded for his animal sculpture, in which he expressed a sympathetic and sensitive understanding of the animal's forms. This, in the early stages, was presumably influenced by his father, who was a taxidermist. Fratin also studied under the Romantic artist Gericault.
Although he exhibited prolifically at the Salon (1831-1839, and 1850 -1864) and at the Great Exhibition of 1851, these anthropomorphic portrayal of bears were for private amusement.
Fratin worked very closely with the Paris foundries which produced his bronzes and many of his casts bear his personal stamp which has the "N" in his name reversed, as in the case of this bronze.
See Christopher Payne, Animals in Bronze, Antique Collectors' Club 1988, page 68, B1.

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