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"Merino Ewe", bronze sculpture | Isidore Jules Bonheur & Peyrol foundry

Bonheur, Isidore

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Circa 1870; signed in cast "I. BONHEUR"; cast by Peyrol foundry, cold-stamped verso
Item # 901ITF26Z 

This exquisite casting of Merino Ewe was cast circa 1870 by the Peyrol foundry, the tiny foundry cachet cold-stamped to the reverse.  We handled Isidore Bonheur's  variation on this model, a combined grouping of Merino Ram and Ewe  Both sheep that made up that group were recently acquired by our shop modeled separately and Merino Ram may still be available in the shop inventory.  The present model is finely detailed, typical of Isidore Jules Bonheur in his objective and exacting modeling of these sensitive creatures.  Note the careful handling of the wool, this chaotic furling difficult to model but even more difficult to cast competently.  When carefully examining this sculpture, it quickly becomes clear why Isidore and Rosa's sheep were some of the finest and most highly sought-after models authored by the 19th century Animaliers.  The face of the ewe is chiseled with exceptional crispness and is flawlessly finished.  The figure is finished in a dark brown chemical patina with hints of black over lighter bronze hues.  It is signed in the naturalistic base "I BONHEUR".  The underside of the base is filled with a plaster core covered with early green felt.

Measurements: 7 5/8" H x 9 3/8" W x 3 7/8"D

Condition Report:
Minor rubbing around edges of base. Typical and minor wear to relief. Fine original patina.