"Lion Cub", bronze sculpture | Isidore Bonheur
ITEM #: 908DJP15P
"LION CUB" PATINATED BRONZE SCULPTURE BY ISIDORE BONHEUR (FRENCH, 1827-1901)
Signed I. BONHEUR in base, stamped PEYROL
Item # 908DJP15P
With a silky smooth chemical patina finished under a rich wax layer, this small antique French cabinet bronze absolutely glows. Cast by Hippolyte Peyrol, Isidore and Rosa Bonheur's brother-in-law, the piece is signed in his tiny cold stamp along the edge "PEYROL" and exhibits the extraordinary attention to detail common to all pieces cast by his foundry. This sensitive work is an endearing look at the lion cub as it seems to stalk a small prey, its body somewhat pensive and crouched with alert eyes and a confident stature. As one of the accessible Animaliers of the Romantic Realism movement, Isidore Bonheur's work is so rich and enjoyable with a breadth of animal life ranging from the farm to the jungles. The small size and extraordinary quality of this piece allow it to be deeply enjoyed in almost any setting without dominating the room.
Measurements: 3 3/4" H x 6 1/2" W x 2 5/8" D
Excellent original condition, some rubbing wear to ribs from handling, otherwise perfect condition.