“Retriever with Game” bronze c1870

“Retriever with Game”
Finely patinated bronze c1870 by Christophe Fratin

Christophe Fratin was born in 1801 in Metz, dying in 1864 in Le Raincy. He was a sculptor of animals and equestrian groups. His early studies were with Pioche, and later was a pupil of the far sighted and adventurous painter and sculptor, Géricault. He exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1831 to 1863. Comparitively little is known about this fascinating and highly competent sculptor of the ‘animalier’ school. His work was highly popular in many European countries and in Britain and the USA. Jane Horswell in ‘Les Animaliers’ records him as being accorded ‘the greatest animal sculptor of his day’ at the Great Exhibition of London in 1851.
His work is illustrated in Animals in Bronze, Payne (plate 1).
His work is represented in the collections of the museums at Metz, Châlons-en-Champagne, Compiègne, the Wallace Collection, London, the Peabody Institute Baltimore & the Eisler Collection, Vienna.
Biblio: Bénézit: Dictionary of Artists; Animals in Bronze, Payne, ACC 1986.

Dimensions 39 cms long, 25 cms high

Price AU$3,485 inc GST

‘Abhaya Mudra’ cast gilt Buddha c1800

‘Abhaya Mudra’ Cast Gilt Buddah

(Gesture of Fearlessness in Sanskrit) A Late-Ayutthaya, Early-Rattanakosin Buddah Image in Royal Regalia standing in the Attitude of ‘Pacifying the Ocean’

Late 18th/early 19th century, Thailand. A finely cast, gilt and decorated standing Buddha Image with both hands in the abhaya mudra gesture. It is majestically adorned in royal regalia: the great crown, earrings, a fine-detailed necklace, a pendant, a bejwelled sash, decorative cloths hanging from the font and side of the waist, rings, gold bracelets, gold anklets and royal slippers. Such Buddha Images were highly favored in the reign of King Rama III (r. 1824-1851) in the Rattanakosin period and may be originally traced to the late Ayutthaya period.

Dimensions 127cm x 20.50cm

price AU$9,985 inc GST