ANTOINE-LOUIS BARYE (FRENCH, 1796-1875)
ANTOINE-LOUIS BARYE (FRENCH, 1796-1875)
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ANTOINE-LOUIS BARYE (FRENCH, 1796-1875)

Cerf attaqué par un lynx

Details
ANTOINE-LOUIS BARYE (FRENCH, 1796-1875)
Cerf attaqué par un lynx
signed and dated BARYE 1834 (on the base), with further inscriptions font sans ciselure d'un jet/par Honore Gonon et ses deux fils (on the left side) and Legs de S.A.R.M.gr Le Duc d'Orleans/1842
bronze modèle, dark brown patina
7 ½ in.. (19 cm.) high, 14 in. (35.5 cm.) wide
Provenance
By repute Ferdinand-Philippe-Louis-Charles-Henri, Duc d'Orléans (1810-1842); presented by his widow in 1842 to an unknown recipient.
M. de Bayser until 1967.
Literature
M. Poletti & A. Richarme, Barye: Catalogue raisonné des sculptures, Paris, 2000, p. 409.
G. Reinis, The Founders and Editors of the Barye Bronzes, New York, 2007, p. 95.
I. Leroy-Jay Lemaistre, 'Des sculpteurs et des bronziers,’ Le Mécénat du duc d’Orléans : 1830-1842, Paris, 1993, p. 144.
Sale room notice
This bronze cast is not the bronze modèle. It is more probably a bronze sand cast dating to the second half of the 19th century.
The reputed provenance to Duc d’Orléans cannot be verified.

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Lot Essay

A rare and possibly rediscovered bronze modèle by the fondeur Gonon and his sons, Cerf attaqué par un lynx is believed to have been cast using the plaster model exhibited by Barye at the Salon in 1834. Evidenced by pinned casting joints and further inscription, the present lot was possibly used in the casting process for the fully edited and presumably unique work of the same title commissioned for the Duc d'Orléans, later presented to Alexandre Dumas and now in the collection of The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore (see Poletti & Richarme, 2000, p. 405, figs. 433-4).  Jean-Honoré Gonon’s (d. 1850) foundry specialized in fine sand casts of the Barye bronzes, though ultimately developed means to produce exceptional cire perdu casts like his contemporaries and was recognized as a master of the process.

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