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"Ours Marchant (Walking Bear)", bronze sculpture | Isidore Bonheur

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Patinated bronze sculpture; signed I. Bonheur, cold-stamped FRANCE, faint PEYROL cold-stamp
Item # 907PNS17A 

With a complex original patina with varying hues of brown, red-oxide and traces of black, this sculpture captures the slow movements of a sleepy bear as he trudges across a naturalistic base over scattered broken bones.  It was cast by the Hippolyte Peyrol foundry after the original wax model by Isidore Bonheur, the marking barely discernible to the right of the cold-stamped FRANCE, having mostly worn away. Note the casting technique of the underside with peened posts through the sand cast base. It is signed in his typical script along the base I. Bonheur.

Literature & Further Reading:

  • The Animaliers, James Mackay, 1973, p. 52 [present example illustrated with 8 1/2" width]
  • The Bronzes of Les Animaliers, Jane Horswell, 1971, p. 216

: 5 1/8" H x 8 1/2" W x 3 1/4" D

Condition Report:
Minor handling wear to patina. Scuff to edges of base.