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"Bison Bonasus" | Isidore Bonheur

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France, 1827-1901

"Standing Bison Bonasus"

Patinated bronze | sand-cast circa 1870 | signed in cast "I. BONHEUR"

Item # 202PSV12A 

A fine example of Bonheur's very scarce model depicting a standing European Wood Bison, also known as a Bison Bonasus, this sand-cast example was almost certainly produced by his brother-in-law, Hippolyte Peyrol. Unmarked by the foundry, the work exhibits a silky surface with exquisite texture and captured detail throughout, little evidence of cold-tooling and the distinctive peened joinery in the underside of the base closely associated with that foundry. The model is finished in an overall brown patina with a coppery-golden undertone relieved through the darker browns. It is the only one our gallery has handled and an incredibly infrequent find on the open market.

Artist Listings & Bibliography:

  • The Bronzes of "Les Animaliers", Jane Horswell, 1971, p. 216

Measurements: 6 1/4" H x 9 1/2" W; 8 3/8" W (base) x 3 3/4" D (base)

Condition Report:
Excellent original condition. Fine patinated surface throughout, cleaned and sealed under conservator-grade wax. Light handling wear to base, otherwise mostly untouched.