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“Young Trapped Elephant”, sculpture | Emmanuel Fremiet (French, 1824-1910)

Price:  $1,720.00

ITEM #: 809SJH28L

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EMMANUEL FREMIET (FRENCH, 1824-1910) JEUNE ÉLÉPHANT PRIS AU PIÈGE
Signed Fremiet in naturalistic base, inscribed "Coulé en cuivre de l'Ounyamouesi"; patinated copper
Item # 809SJH28L


The monumental life-size original of this work was sculpted in 1878 and is presently on display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.  This version is a reduction reworked by Fremiet for the retail market, which in light of its size has had removed the ground elements of twisting ropes and a monkey looking on in amusement.  It was commissioned by the Living Artists Acquisition Service in 1877, originally as a Buffalo to present on the terrace of the Trocadéro Palace but as Fremiet did not find the subject interesting he chose to instead sculpt the Young Elephant Trapped.  A sensitive and empathetic work, Fremiet does a marvelous job of capturing the youth’s immaturity and shock at having been hobbled by a crude slipknot trap.  The present example is inscribed along the corner (translation) “Cast in copper from the Ounyamouesi“.  It is an exquisite little sculpture with a translucent patina that simply glows and allows the golden-red hue of the metal to shine through brilliantly.

Measurements:  6 1/2 H x 5 3/4 W x 2 1/4 D

Literature and Further Reading:

  • "The Animaliers", James Mackay
  • “Bronze Sculpture of Les Animaliers”, Jane Horswell
  • "Art Bronzes", Michael Forest
  • "Animals in Bronze", Christopher Payne
  • "Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century: Dictionary of Bronze Sculptors", Pierre Kjellberg, p. 327-337

Condition Report:
Exceptional original condition, no flaws.