25 April 2003
ANTOINE-LOUIS BARYE (FRENCH, 1795-1875)
Lion tenant un guib (Lion holding a guib)
signed BARYE, indistinctly stamped BARYE and numbered 9 and [ ]0, the underside with white paint script B.V.C.4039, with small paper label inscribed in black ink Barye - Bronze/lion dévorant une gazelle/24 1 and with large paper label printed Exposition centennale de l'art français à St. Petersbourg and inscribed in ink Sculpteur A. Barye/Lion dévorant une gazelle/René Charlier/3, Avenue Matignon
bronze, mid-brown patina
4½ in. (11.3 cm.) high
René Charlier, 3, avenue Matignon, Paris.
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Poletti & Richarme, 2000, no. A43, p. 164
Exposition centennale de l'art français, Yusupovsky Palace, St. Petersburg, 15-28 January 1912, no. 11.
Modelled in 1835, in Barye's catalogues Lion tenant un guib is offered as the pendant to Tigre dévorant un gavial, seconde version (see lot 142), conceived the following year. The model was relatively successful during Barye's lifetime and, after his death, continued to be edited by Barbedienne until the 1920s.
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