Antoine-Louis Barye, French (1796-1875)
A bronze model of the Seated Lion
the beast seated on a naturalistic oval base, dark brown / greenish patination, 20.5cm high
The original cast of this model was commissioned for the Tuileries Gardens in 1846, it was then moved to the Quai-side at the Louvre in 1867. Barye first exhibited the piece at the Salon of 1847, and it was also listed in his first catalogue that year. A further example of this model is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Related Literature: Jane Horswell, Animaliers Antique Collectors' Club, 1971, page 62.