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"Recumbent Great Dane" | Georges Gardet, small version

Gardet, Georges

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French, 1863-1939

Recumbent Great Dane

Patinated bronze | signed in cast "G. GARDET", cold-stamped "865 K" and "FRANCE"

Item # 311KOG07P 

A good casting of Gardet's Recumbent Great Dane with a nuanced black-over-medium-brown patination, it is a silky cast with an underlying sensitivity in the modeling that casts a certain bokeh quality over the image.

Gardet modeled these as a pair and also separated them into two separate sculptures, one with the Great Dane looking up expectantly at the owner and the present example with the dog looking off into the distance, paws crossed and in a very peaceful and perhaps even sleepy posture.

Many of these were cast for Gardet by the foundry Siot-Decauville of varying quality and sizes - the present example is the smallest version.

Measurements: 5 1/8" H x 3 1/2" D x 9 1/4" W

Condition Report:
Some handling wear and some relieving of the patina from black to a lighter brown - a portion apparently intentional by the patineur and likely original while some is likely from handling - to the toes, haunches, back and head. Base with rubbing/abrading to the patina by the front left paw and at the back by his belly. Carefully cleaned and sealed in conservator-grade wax.