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"A Recumbent Husky" | Emmanuel Fremiet, no. 38

Fremiet, Emmanuel

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French, 1824-1910

Chien loulou couché

Nuanced medium-brown patina on sand-cast bronze | Signed in base "E. FREMIET" | a Charles More cast numbered 38

Item # 311GTS04P 

A very early lifetime casting by Charles More numbered 38, the present example is silky and positively glows with a rich nuanced brown and caramel surface patina. The model captures the entirely relaxed spirit of the recumbant husky dog with its bushy tail bouncing and eyes alert while taking a rest on a naturalistic base. The base is signed with a raised signature captured directly from the mold with no evidence of cold-tooling "E. FREMIET". Cast circa 1860.

Literary references:

  • Bronzes of Les Animaliers, Jane Horswell, 1971, p. 187, present model illustrated
  • The Animaliers, James Mackay, 1973, p. 43, present model illustrated as "Reclining Husky", also noted in Fremiet's catalogue on p. 145 as no. 7
  • Emmanuel Fremiet, 1824-1910: La main et le multiple, Catherine Chevillot, 1989, p. 74, catalogue no. S22, ill. cat. 10,

Measurements: 3" H x 6 1/8" W x 3" D

Condition Report:
Very fine surface condition with trace wear to raised elements. Cleaned and carefully polished, sealed in wax.