During his final years, Barye kept an Algerian greyhound and a cat in his studio as company. Chat assis is a study of the latter, modelled in or around 1870. Its relaxed pose and serene expression distance this, Barye's only model of a domestic feline, from his significant body of work concentrating on the wilder instincts of the cat family's many members.
As an illustration of the wide spectrum of patinas available on Barye's palette, the following five épreuves (lot 153 being cast in silver) of Chat assis testify to the discerning eye of Eduardo Guinle as a collector, each cast exhibiting an entirely different colour from the next.
The model appeared in Barye's two final catalogues and, after his death, was edited by Brame, often with the addition of a rectangular base (not seen on any of the épreuves offered here).