H: 35.5 in / 90 cm | W: 30 in / 76 cmDescription
Kabyle au retour de la chasse
By Arthur Waagen
A rare example retaining its original cold-painted details in harmony with the patinated bronze; the impressive model of an Arab huntsman on horseback, holding up a lion's pelt while securing a rescued lamb to his dexter; surrounded by his three companion hounds on an oval naturalistic base. Signed to the base "Waagen sculp".
French, circa 1870
Arthur Waagen (1833-1898)
Arthur Waagen was a German sculptor and animalier, a member of the 19th-century movement specializing in the realistic portrayal of animals. After settling in Paris, he exhibited at the Salons between 1861 and 1887, conceiving his career-defining 'Kabyle au retour de la chasse' around 1870. A cast of the model is in the Dahesh Museum, New York, whilst another cast is known to have been owned by the Rockefeller family.
Payne, Christopher. Animals in Bronze: Reference and Price Guide. Woodbridge, Suffolk, England: Antique Collectors' Club, 1993, pp. 284-85.
Kjellberg, Pierre. Bronzes of the 19th Century: Dictionary of Sculptors. Atglen, Pa: Schiffer, 1994, p. 647.
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