Bronze statue - Fratin
Lot 258
Christophe Fratin, French (1800-1864) A bronze model of Jument défendant son Poulain cast by Daubrée
Sold for £3,500 (US$ 5,484) inc. premium

Lot Details
Christophe Fratin, French (1800-1864)
A bronze model of Jument defendant son Poulain
cast by Daubrée
depicting a rearing horse protecting her foal from a wolf, raised on a naturalistically cast base, stamped DAUBRÉE, 34cm wide, 31cm high (13" wide, 12" high).

Footnotes

  • Fratin was the son of a taxidermist, and his understanding of the anatomy of animals probably came from his time helping his father in the taxidermy business. Fratin studied under Pioche in Metz and then moved to Paris where he studied under the painter and sculptor Gericault. It is perhaps the influence of Gericault's romanticism that lingers in the expressive form and almost ragged finish of Fratin's work and makes his style so distinctive. He first exhibited at the Salon of 1831, and received a medal at the Great Exhibition of 1851 with a citation describing him as the greatest animal sculptor of his day.
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