"Berger Allemand Assis" (German Shepherd), bronze sculpture | Louis Riché
ITEM #: 908ICS24L
”BERGER ALLEMAND ASSIS” BRONZE SCULPTURE AFTER LOUIS RICHE (FRENCH, 1877-1949)
Signed “L. Riche” in base, sealed with foundry cachet of Jollet et Cie, Paris; circa second quarter of 20th century
Item # 908ICS24L
A fine gilt and patinated bronze sculpture that captures the figure of an Alsatian, often noted in literature as a German Shepherd. He is situated with an alert and friendly profile while seated over a rocky naturalistic base. The complex patina is notable with a rich brown chemical patina under a vibrant gilt wash with rubbed bronze highlights.
Louis Riché is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the Alsatian, with a large series of figures capturing the personality and gait of the canine. A prolific Animalier, Riché studied under sculptor Georges Gardet and started exhibiting at Salon 1896 where he continued to exhibit regularly, though pausing from exhibitions during both World Wars. While a large portion of his work was cast with Thiebaut Freres, he partnered with numerous major foundries of the era including Colin et Cie, Jollet et Cie, Risler et Carré and Societe des Bronzes.
Measurements: 20” H x 19” W x 6 1/2” D
Excellent condition, original patina with very minor wear. Cleaned, waxed and polished.