From our Sculpture collection, we are delighted to offer this Jaguar Qui Marche No. 2 (Walking Jaguar) Bronze by Antoine-Louis Barye. The Jaguar Qui Marche translates directly to Jaguar that walks is an infamous bronze by the renowned French sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye. It is exceptionally cast upon a double stepped plinth with a dark brown and mottled green patination throughout. Signed across the base Barye and numbered to the underside ’43’, the sculpture dates to the first half of the 19th century circa 1840. This figure was originally modelled by Antoine Louis Barye (1795-1875) as a pair to a Jaguar Standing. More than a decade later he modelled a slightly different pair, also of a jaguar walking paired with a jaguar standing but this time with their ears set back and on a rocky base. It is important to note that later models typically bear the Barbedienne foundry mark due to Barbedienne purchasing the original drawings when Barye died.
Reference The same Barye figure can be seen in the V&A museum accession number A.24-1971.
-See Poletti, Michel and Richarme, Alain. Barye : Catalogue Raisonné des Sculptures Paris (Gallimard) 2000. Cat. no A90
-Animals in Bronze by Christopher Payne page 134
-Pivar, Stuart, The Barye Bronzes, A Catalogue Raisonné Woodbridge (The Antique Collectors Club), 1974, p.41, no A77
-Horswell, Jane, Bronze Sculpture of ‘Les Animaliers’ Reference and Price Guide, Suffolk (The Antique Collectors Club), 1971, p.80
Bronze is an alloy consisting primarily of copper with approximately 12–12.5% tin and often with the addition of other metals (including aluminium, manganese, nickel, or zinc) and sometimes non-metals, such as phosphorus, or metalloids such as arsenic or silicon depending on the age of the bronze and its origin. The additions of other metals produce a range of alloys that are usually harder than copper alone and carry useful properties such as strength. The earliest known use of bronze dates to the 5th millennium BCE from Iranian plateau, the bronze mix consists of arsenical copper and copper-arsenide. The earliest tin-copper-alloy recovered is dated to circa 4650 BCE and was found in Plocnik, Serbia. It is believed to have been smelted from a natural tin-copper ore.
Antoine-Louis Barye was born in Paris in 1795 and was thought to have lived his entire life in Paris and never left France throughout his life. He was a self tought in the liberal arts and initially trained under his father a goldsmith in Lyon. He went onto train with Martin-Guillaume Biennais (active 1800-1832) master goldsmith to Napoleon, fine arts sculptor François-Joseph Bosio (1768-1845) and painter Baron Gros (1771-1835). Throughout his career Barye won a host of awards and made multiple commissions for the French government. Barye was the leading sculptor in the French group of artists known as Les Animaliers and a leading sculptor in France throughout his career. Barye passed away in 1875, and after an elaborate funeral to signal his high artistic stature Barye was buried at Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
Measurements 11cm High x 22cm Long x 7cm Wide (4.33 x 8.66 x 2.76 Inches)
Condition Excellent antique condition
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