“Jaguar Debout, no. 1”, patinated bronze by Antoine-Louis Barye, Barbedienne
“JAGUAR DEBOUT, NO. 1” AFTER MODEL BY ANTOINE-LOUIS BARYE (FRENCH, 1796-1875)
Incised in base edge F. Barbedienne Fondeur, signed on base BARYE, stamped to underside Z; posthumous, circa 1880
Item # 811KPU24P
This fine post-humous cast of Barye’s Jaguar Debout, No. 1 is circa the 1880s and was executed by the Barbedienne foundry, the edge of the base being crisply incised F. Barbedienne Fondeur and signed in his distinctive block type BARYE. A relatively early model with exquisite detailing in the cast, the surface texturing is not simply chased and filed by the foundry after the fact but is clearly in the mold itself. Later editions become lower in detail as the molds acquired by Barbedienne after Barye’s death in 1875 began to wear out. This example is currently held in the collection of the Louvre (OA 5797) and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington (73.63). The original plaster model (15 x 25 cms) was in the Barye estate sale of 1875, no. 616. It was included in the Louvre exhibition as Jaguar Debout (Retrospective cat. no. 33). A bronze of similar dimensions is listed in Barye’s 1847-48 catalogue. The finish of the present example is quite superb and the patina retains a fine silky glow under waxes.
Literature & Further Reading:
- Bronzes by Antoine-Louis Barye, Parke-Bernet Galleries, The Bernard Black-Hugues Nadeau Collection, p. 26, p. 28, f. 41
- Antoine-Louis Barye, Sculptor of Romantic Realism, Glenn F. Benge
- Barye: Catalogue Raisonné des Sculptures, Poletti & Richarme, 2000, p. 231, f. A92 [13.1 cm h, 22.5 cm l]
- The Animaliers, James Mackay, p. 20-38
- The Barye Bronzes: A Catalogue Raisonne, Stuart Pivar, p. 168, f. A78 [Jaguar Debout, No. 1, 1840, illustrated on a squared base with beaded edge]
- Bronze Sculpture of “Les Animaliers”, Jane Horswell, p. 5-80, present example not illustrated
- The Founders and Editors of the Barye Bronzes, J. G. Reinis, p. 43-47
- L'oeuvre de Barye, Roger Ballu, 1890, p. 133, no. 29
Measurements: 5 1/8” H x 8 1/4” W x 2 5/8” D
An old scrape along edge of naturalistic base, having since oxidized. Light scuff to top of jaguar’s head. Minor handling wear. Remaining in exquisite overall condition.