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A French bronze group, entitled 'Thesee combattant le Centaure Bienor'
A French bronze group, entitled 'Thesee combattant le Centaure Bienor'

CAST FROM A MODEL BY ANTOINE-LOUIS BARYE, CIRCA 1880

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A French bronze group, entitled 'Thesee combattant le Centaure Bienor'
Cast from a model by Antoine-Louis Barye, Circa 1880
On a naturalistically-cast rocky base inscribed A.L. BARYE and with foundry inscription F. BARBEDIENNE FONDEUR PARIS
12 in. (30.5 cm.) wide; 16.1/8 in. (41 cm.) high; 4¾ in. (12 cm.) deep

Lot Essay

Barye's model of Theseus slaying the Centaur was originally designed in 1849 for the Minister of the Interior and was exhibited in plaster at the Salon the following year. A fifty inch version of the model, also cast by Barbedienne, was placed on top of the Barye Memorial, erected in 1894 on the Ile de la Cité, Paris, indicating the importance of this work in the sculptor's oeuvre.
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