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North African Hunter on Horseback | Paul-Edouard Delabrierre

Delabriere, Paul Edouard

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French, 1829-1912

North African Hunter on Horseback Surprised by a Caracal

Medium-brown and burnished bronze patinated sand-cast bronze | Signed in naturalistic base "E. DELABRIERRE"

Item # 212OIX08Q 

A beautifully sand-cast example of Delabrierre's very rarely available example of a North African Hunter riding his mount through across the desert terrain with his catch of the day, a small wild goat, riding over the haunches of the powerful horse. They are stopped in their tracks as the stallion rears back in fear at the appearance of a small Caracal wild cat hidden behind a crop of rock. The hunter does not appear terribly concerned by the appearance of the cat, which is likely more scared of the group. The scene is perfectly balanced while the hunter positions himself to ride out the turblent movements of his mount. Note the exquisite surface quality with a chased texture throughout the skin of both rider and mount.

Artist Listings & Bibliography:

  • Animals in Bronze, Christopher Payne, 2002, p. 355, fig. H220 [present example pictured]

Measurements: 19 5/8" H x 16" W x 6 1/2" D

Condition Report: Original patina in good condition throughout; light handling wear to some raised elements, including the back of the crouched cat, edges of foliage on the ground, some overall discoloration and variation to the cove molding of the base. Rifle cast in two parts with a screw joint between the upper and lower elements - we have inserted an incredibly thin nylon washer between these to allow the joint to remain tight and in the correct orientation.